Its not if , its when . Some good might actually come out of it in the long run , when people are forced to see the REAL enemy , it will force the US to mind its own business militarily , instead of being the first to eagerly drop our servicemen into some unwinable crap hole . We may actually be forced to respect the concept that other nations have the right to run things their own way . We may be forced to bring our industry back home , we may be forced to actually build working , reliable transportation infrastructure outside automobile dependance . We may be forced to give up the disposable mentality and make things to last . It will be painful and ugly , but long term , it may fix some problems that would otherwise be ignored .