After 9/11/2001, the U.S. was shocked and ready for revenge. After the smoke cleared, it was obvious the attack was coordinated by Osama bin Laden's group of extremists. We made an effort to go after them, but Afghanistan has never been an easy battlefield. At the time, Dubya was obsessed with Iraq and Saddam Hussein, and used America's shock as a tool against the American people. Cheney and others falsified the threat posed by Iraq as an excuse to invade and eventually capture Hussein.
In the years afterward, after numerous investigations and leaked documents, the truth has become clearer. We broke a country, tortured and killed innocent people, and left the area destabilized, all in the pursuit of revenge and American pride. It will all be stain on our history. No one involved in creating the mess has ever paid for their crimes.
So here we are just over 18 years later, and we are once again embroiled in a mess in Iraq of our own making. Due to complacence, our embassy in Iraq (supposedly the most fortified in the world) was attacked. Back in 2001, we had a moron for a president. In 2020, we have a moron who is also a pathological liar and narcissist. Can it be worse? Yes.