Bin Laden was as much as an ally as he ever was going to be back in the 1980's. What turned bin Laden towards American hatred is the Saudis going to the USA for aide in dealing with Kuwait rather than bin Laden's rogue army. That was around 1990. The train just started rolling in GHWB's Presidency and it came to full throttle throughout Clinton's Administration. GHWB had no way of knowing bin Laden wasn't just a loony speaking his mind though. The proof came in 1993 and repeated with embassy bombings. GHWB, therefore, had little opportunity to stop it and doing so would have been preemptive (there is nothing he could cite as a reason to strike). Clinton had many opportunities and plenty of evidence to back it up but failed to act. When the presidency changed to GWB, terrorism wasn't even mentioned. It was not until the Cole bombing that terrorism became a subject of concern--but only mildly. Bin Laden went into hiding before the Cole attacks and remains in hiding ever since. 9/11 obviously brought the issue front and center. So... if we look at the bin Laden-USA history, Clinton and GWB receive some blame. The crucial difference between them is the Clinton administration knew where bin Laden slept and GWB administration did not. But, theoreticals aren't really going to accomplish anything so... meh. I agree. Education systems are only there to establish a base line of facts. Education systems, thus far, have failed to incite research and exploration which is the makings of a "genius." It should also be noted that mostly states decide their curriculum. No Child Left Behind Act was an attempt to make sure all students are at least competent.