Apparently, other NATO countries are not "pulling their weight" in Afghanistan. Good for them. This is an unwinnable war, seemingly consisting of endlessly taking and retaking the same town, against entirely the wrong target. The 9/11 attacks came, not from Afghanistan, but from Saudi Arabia, paymaster of the Bushes and the Clintons.
In any case, those responsible have from the outset made it clear that it was not some "Western way of life", but simply American support for Israel, to which they objected. In probably the only good thing that he ever did, Bush withdrew the troops that his father had stationed in Saudi Arabia; there has since been no further attack on American soil.
And the hysterical reaction to President Obama's election on the part of those who take the old line on Israel more than suggests that the original grievance no longer exists. There will still be attacks on Israel. But why bother attacking America? Or indeed Britain, once we have followed America's lead and withdrawn from Iraq? The only reason would be if we were still in Afghanistan!
Thank God for Sir Peter Tapsell, the splendidly anti-war Keynesian and Eurosceptic who dared to tell the truth yesterday, and who is one of the very, very few conservatives still left in the House of Commons.