You are right on target. The mistake started when Bush allowed Antisemite James Baker to machinate policy in Washington. Hence, all the competent people like Rumsfield and the Generals were replaced. And the Islamist intrusions in misguiding Rice can be seen clearly. Meanwhile, the Leftists in Congress have been undermining Bush. It would take another 9/11 to wake them up. Until Israel makes the move to defend herself against existential threat on her made by the fanatical Islamist-Jihadist Ayatollahist regime that is hellbent on the destruction of Israel and is feverishly working on their nukes to accomplish their evil intention on Israel, a 9/11 scenario involving suitcase nuke by Iran and their Islamist-Jihadist tentatacles in the region will most likely happen in Western cities. And that is the price to be paid in the West for accommodating Antisemite and Islamist-Jihadist intrusions in policy making.
U.S. State Department: Assad escalating Syria conflict by targeting innocent civilians (Reuters)
from the article: U.S.: Iran halted nuclear weapons development in 2003