With respect, Michael, you have no idea what you're talking about re; Taliban and Afghanistan - and why would you? You're not even able to study unbiased open source material given your media's slant and laziness, let alone truly know all of the facts.
Efforts to fill our minds with propaganda failed here. We are too suspicious to buy the voluminous BS that rolled forth from the US. We got facts and critical analysis from global experts. I will stake the sources against anything that was pumped out via the standard BS machine in the US and the UK - and here. We debated the matter deeply and extensively. Why invade Iraq on the pretext of 9/11? Turns out that was what your hawkish neo cons wanted to do and suddenly the shock of 9/11 gave them a golden opportunity to misrepresent truth.
What a lot of Americans are unaware of is that the rest of the global community paid deep attention to what was going on - which is why the 'coalition' of the willing comprised idiot obedient puppies like Australia and the UK and a bunch of mostly inconsequential nations who were strong armed into joining. The con the US government was pulling was flagrant. Our war criminal Prime Minister Howard ignored public objection to involving us. He is still despised today.
You want to ague detail and fact? I am up for that. I will be slow in replying because I will have to go find stuff I haven't needed to use for a long time.