What is happening here - really? This is the real asymmetrical war. They have altered our way of life. They cause us to live in fear. They cause us to expend limited resources. They run our lives and change the world we live in and we delude ourselves by saying we are "winning the war on terror". Not hardly. This specific event is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of money our economies pour into "managing terror".
Bin Laden said this from the very beginning:
You see, a key weapon of bin Laden's was economic warfare…and al Qaeda still uses the tactic against America.
Osama named it the "bleed until bankruptcy plan," where the goal is to draw the United States into endless – and costly – Middle Eastern wars. Wars that will eventually bankrupt the US economy.
In other words, Osama didn't seek to win with body counts.
Take a look at this article: