- Osama bin Laden remains at large.
- Al Qaeda has become an amorphous, difficult-to-track movement.
- Afghanistan has been conquered but remains unstable.
- Iraq has been conquered but has become unstable.
- The United States has begun torturing prisoners.
- FEMA has become a national embarrassment.
- North Korea has become a nuclear-weapons states.
- Iran has moved closer to becoming a nuclear-weapons state.
- The United States is, arguably, less secure than it was in 2001.
Those who take comfort in the fact that the 9/11 tragedy has not been repeated should recall that Al Qaeda or its subsidiaries have attacked Madrid, London, Bali, Riyadh, Istanbul, and Casablanca since 2001.