I'm proud of the USA, but it's pretty embarrassing that it took so long to get started on the replacement buildings for the World Trade Center.
Good ol' American politics and infighting brought the entire process to a dead stop. If thawing our resolve, miring us in political gridlock and causing us to question the need to rebuild after 9/11 means the terrorists won, I'll bet they declared victory 4 years ago.
Then, when the first beam WAS finally raised into position, it had to be removed and the flag decal replaced because it "faced the wrong direction."
It's a wonder we get anything done.