Al Qaeda’s greatest victory is the damage it has done to our sense of priority and proportion. We spend more today on defense than we did annually at the apex of the Cold War to fight an enemy with no planes, ships, submarines or missiles. We have yielded our moral authority to men who have no sense of honor. We have mortgaged the future of our children to vanquish an enemy that cannot even field a single division of disciplined troops. We chase shadows while our nation bleeds.

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