Often bandied about by Bush Administration supporters and neocons in defense of the GWOT — and raised again by Bush himself during his good riddance speech — was the fact that after 9/11, Bush kept America free of terrorist attacks. In addition to the fact that this simply isn’t true, it basically misses the point that under Bush’s watch, America was in fact the target of a major mass-casualty terrorist attack. Matt Yglesias puts together a helpful graph.
The historical perspective draws a stark contrast. And of course, it’s worth reminding everyone of the ignored “Bin Laden Determind to Strike in U.S.” memo of August 2001.