Osama baited and set the trap. His goal was to bankrupt America and he had a plan to carry it out. When he planned the despicable attack of 9/11 he wanted America to lash out in anger and revenge and have U.S. military forces bogged down in quagmires around the world. He believed that these massive military operations would drain the wealth of America and eventually lead to economic collapse. The Bush administration took the bait, fell into the trap, and America may never be the same.
We may not recall or fully understand that Bin Laden's plan was not just to crash planes into the World Trade Center. His plan was far more ambitious and extensive; his real intent was to completely destroy the financial foundation of America and, in doing so, he believed that the vast U.S. military empire that encompassed the world would also collapse.
While no plan by Bin Laden, in itself, could possibly have had the power to lead America into bankruptcy, the fact is that America, at the time of 9/11, already had a deteriorating economy as a result of several decades of misguided policies and strategies pursued by corporations and the financial sector. There was an economic time bomb ticking at the turn of the century and we had not the slightest idea that it would later explode into our current crisis.
At that time most nations, including America's allies and enemies, were watching as our nation was rapidly expanding its military presence in the world and were well aware of our massive, growing debt. Bin Laden, based on what we have learned since 9/11, was biding his time, waiting for the right moment to take revenge against America because of its military presence in the Middle East and, especially, in Saudi Arabia, his homeland. And when the right time presented itself he triggered the deadly attack.