September 11, 2001 was a bipartisan failure. After the Berlin wall fell, foolish predictions about the end of history, and a desire for a so called "peace dividend", lead the Clinton Administration to slash defense spending and concentrate on domestic affairs. Then Bush was elected promising to vigorously go after terrorists, and he did nothing of the sort, at least prior till September the 12th. But the real failures came from the "permanent government" in Washington, the army of people who are there no matter who is elected. Their jealously held turf rivalries caused critical information not to be shared, and we all saw the results of this failure when the towers fell.
Now it appears Al- Qaeda is reorganizing along the border where Pakistan and Afghanistan meet. I'm sure that it doesn't need to be said, but the American people are not so weary of war that they want this development ignored. Protestations by Pakistan should be ignored if bombing these camps inside Pakistan proper is neccesary. Hindsight is 20\20, but if we have learned anything from recent history, it is we need to pursue these people and annihalate them without mercy.