White House and Pentagon officials, and particularly Vice President Cheney, were determined to attack Iraq from the first days of the Bush administration, long before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and repeatedly stretched available intelligence to build support for the war, according to a new book by former CIA director George J. Tenet.
Thus saith Tenet.
So what we all thought was true: George W. Bush used an attack on the United States as an excuse to pursue a pre-determined agenda, instead of actually responding to the actual attack.
That's why Bin Laden was never caught.
Because they didn't want to.
They wanted to occupy Iraq from the very start of the administration, and when 9/11 happened, they thought, "Here's our chance."