The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks is still at large, Al Qaeda is stronger than ever, the US was too effective in turning the Iraqis against each other (an old tactic dating back to Roman times and used extensivly by the British during their imperial years to spare their own troops by fostering divisions in occupied populations so they attack each other rather than their occupiers) and have sparked a bloody civil war, and the first "victory" for the US in their "war on terror" wasn't much of a victory at all, as we see in the news today.
From Al Jazeera:
Taliban seize second district
By James Bays in Helmand
Nato has confirmed to Al Jazeera that the Taliban has seized a second district in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Qari Yousef, a Taliban spokesman, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that Taliban fighters were holding captive 33 police officers after taking over Washir - a remote desert area in the northwest of Helmand - the day before.
A spokeswoman for the Nato-led ISAF force told Al Jazeera: "I can confirm that Washir district centre is in the hands of the Taliban."
She said the town would be brought back under government control but declined to comment on any plans to do that.
Qari said the officers' police vehicles had been seized and distributed among Taliban fighters.
Afghan government forces had made an effort to retake the district centre but the attack was repulsed, he said.
Mullah Abdel Rahim, the Taliban commander in Helmand province, said: "It's not just Musa Qala and Washeer, we are in control of much of Helmand province. The people are with us. They give us food, they give us shelter."
Dada Mohammed Khan, the district's MP and former chief of intelligence, said: "The Taliban will now increase its force here and take over the rest of the province."
... it continues ...