So what happened? Bush and Cheney pissed it all away. Taxes to pay for the actions that had to be taken were off the table. Cutting taxes holds the position of religious faith among Republicans. Unknown to the average American the focus quickly moved from Afghanistan to Iraq, based on ...... What? Neo-con fantasy of The Project For The New American Century? Get Saddam?
Now, seven years later we are raking through the ashes looking for that was America. What has happened is beyond incompetence. Nothing our enemies could have done would even approach the damage that has been done.