Gene, the Republicans did NOT control congress from 2000 to 2008 (which I believe you really meant to be 2001 to 2009, since you reference the Bush presidency). The Dems had the majority in the Senate from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2009. The Dems also had the majority in the House from 2007 to 2009, putting congress in full control of the Dems for Bush's last two years. The only time the Republicans had both the House, Senate, and White House was from 2003 to 2007, during which the Dems never had less than 40 votes in the Senate allowing them to block or force issues/legislation. Additionally, the last I remember, terrorists started the wars with us 30 some years ago and it was only under President Bush that we finally started to retaliate. So, get your facts straight before you ask if we should "go down that path again".