What was really driving this military expansion? Al-Qaeda numbers were estimated in the thousands and they clearly lacked weapons of mass destruction (WMD) with which to attack us. This is why box cutters and jets were used. This hardly called for military expansion. We had sufficient military resources to invade Afghanistan and defeat the Taliban that supported al-Qaeda. As for international terrorists, what was called for was intelligence expansion, and much more closely integrated domestic and international policing capabilities.
What was clear as day after 9/11 was that the home ground of al-Qaeda, the Middle East, was also home to the one commodity our economy could not function without — oil. What would happen if al-Qaeda targeted our economy by targeting the Middle Eastern oil infrastructure? Well, now it becomes clear. Without an American war in the Middle East, we were limited in our military capacity to protect and defend the oil infrastructure of the Middle East. Hence, by the Bush administration's logic, we simply had to create a war in the Middle East and Iraq would have to do.
Would the American public back a war for oil in the Middle East? The polls of the time, said “no.” They would back a war against the terrorists who struck us on 9/11. And this is where the fear of the American public comes in. The Bush administration's biggest fear was not al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein's army, but the resolve of the American people to back military expansion for control of the oil rich Middle East. They correctly surmised that the American people would not back war for profit.
So, the problem to overcome was how to instill sufficient fear in the American public to insure doubling the national debt to aid military expansion throughout the world. The terrorist boogeyman was the perfect solution and they have been inflating the terrorist boogeyman's size and potency ever since, and never more fervently than at election time.
Let's take a close look at this boogeyman the White House has blown up to WWII fascist proportions. How many Islamic terrorist invasions of our homeland have our military hailed victory over since 9/11, 2001? Answer: None! How many attacks on jets have been prevented by subjecting American passengers to searches and prohibiting everything from lighters and nail clippers to shampoos and vaginal creams from boarding with passengers? Answer: None! How many Americans have died at the hands of terrorists on United States soil since Bush took office in 2000? Answer: Just under 3,000 — all on 9/11.