It's wrong, though, in that an example must be made of Mr. bin Laden. I used to talk about the "Don't Tread on Me War" in the early days of this blog, and gradually stopped as the President decided to fight another one entirely. Capturing and killing, or, failing that, killing, Osama bin Laden is vital, not just as revenge (though revenge would be sweet), but as a message: You can not get away with attacking the United States of America. Every day bin Laden walks free, or is even arguably alive, says the opposite. That's the message we've sent nigh on three years.
OK, maybe I overdid it a little. I'll pull back and agree that catching bin Laden is worth doing and the Bush administration should have put more effort into it, but Kerry shouldn't have put all the emphasis there in the debate.
However, bin Laden might be dead already. He may even have died of natural causes rather than being killed at Tora Bora. Would that be a disaster?