And after a few years have passed, you don't quite remember what all the fuss was about:
Bin Laden is 'virtually impotent,' national security adviser says
Osama bin Laden may be grabbing headlines with a new videotape but he is "virtually impotent," said President Bush's national security adviser.
"This is a man on the run in a cave who is virtually impotent other than his ability to get these messages out," Frances Townsend said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.
So, sure, he was responsible for the death of 3,000 Americans but, come on, that is so 2001.
In other news, it's critical -- critical, I tell you -- to stay in Iraq to get the job done because of the horrific mass murder of 3,000 Americans, which we grieve for. A lot. Maybe not as much as we used to but, still, a lot. Sort of.
In wholly-unrelated news, Vice-President Dick Cheney emerged briefly from his secure, undisclosed location to deliver another message, and to dispel any notions that he was impotent.