Conspiracy theories seem to fester whenever there is a lack of proportionality between the perpetrator and the import of his dirty deed. Thus, President Kennedy being shot to death by an insignificant nut with a gun gives rise to numerous fantasies to pump up causations. The criminal acts of 9/11/01 continued to inflict damage on the US long after the debris had been cleared. The Iraq fiasco, the bungled nation-building gambit in Afghanistan, the diplomatic blight of Guantanamo, and cavalier attitude toward government violation of the individual's rights are only a part of the self-inflicted legacy. The illusion of formidability that resulted in such overreaction and ongoing harm was occasioned by a few berserkers getting lucky. They, no more than structural engineers, could have anticipated the consequences of their acts. So, some must embellish. .