18 years ago after 9-11, President Bush had a real opportunity to transform the U.S. and the world for that matter. The American people were briefly willing to support almost anything. He could've greatly increased the size of the active duty U.S. military and recapitalized it entirely. He could've moved against not just Iraq but Syria and Iran and laid the ground work for destroying the North Korean regime. The benefits eliminating such governments and their weapons of mass destruction programs would've benefited the rest of the world and the U.S. for decades if not centuries. President Bush could've called for rolling back his tax cuts that had just been passed to help pay for it and probably even gotten Congress to agree to some major entitlement reforms. All in all laying the basis for greatly reducing U.S. deficit spending in the future. Yet Bush failed to do so. Why? Mainly because Bush was too keenly aware of his being a minority president. One elected while (apparently) losing the popular vote. This made the Bush administration hyper sensitive about taking radical actions. Not to mention, Bush was elected with no interest in being a foreign policy president as his father had been. Abandoning his tax cuts would've meant abandoning what he saw as his defining achievement. Bush's immediate post 9-11 leadership was inspiring and I'm convinced no other possible president would've done as well. But his failure of vision and daring in the aftermath is costing us to this day. Happy Patriots Day!.