Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon says, really, everything that needs to be said on the policy end of VBL Day:
The two possible reactions to 9/11 were to exploit the situation to start conducting a bunch of fruitless wars that would only instigate more hatred towards the U.S. as we racked up civilian casualties, and to limit our response to police actions to nab important terrorist leaders while supporting democratic movements throughout the Middle East. Liberals have always supported the latter (except for a few featherheads who really did suggest a do-nothing strategy, but they were always a teeny tiny minority), and we were right. We told you so. We were right. And I’m not going to let pointless scolding about “civility” stop me from saying so. We were right. Our preferred strategy got Bin Laden. Our preferred strategy is what is causing change in the Middle East. We’re not getting what we want by conquering nations, but by recognizing the autonomous desires and abilities of people all around the world. We were right.