We took the wrong turn following the 9/11 disaster. We made terrorists the all consuming enemy. We turned a single horrific event into a war against all known and unknown enemies of America.
In that mission we even attacked the wrong people. None of the highjackers were Afghanis. With the goal of destroying the Taliban and extinguishing Osama Bin Laden, we killed many innocent people, bringing destruction to the land. The Taliban was weakened, but not vanquished, and Osama was not found until ten years later. And the conflict continues in a cloud of confused purposes.