Wow...OK...that is very cogent and would be a strategy of sorts, however it would also be an easily countered strategy if that was it (which it wasn’t). The terrorists would simply have to stop being drawn into the killing zone to defeat that strategy. Go to Somalia, or Iran, or Yemen, or Germany, or France...anywhere except where we were set up to kill them. That’s a pretty bad strategy if that’s what it was.
But it wasn’t. The American people were most demonstrably sold that it was weapons of mass destruction and bringing Western democracy to Islam. And quickly they stopped buying. The Bush and Clinton globalists screwed the pooch...so much so that when Obama and Clinton went back to make some money from the Saudis, they had to play under cover, use subterfuge and misdirection to get in the game in Egypt, Libya and Syria...and Iraq.