Some degree of blame for the 9/11 attacks must be added to that list of catastrophic blunders known as the George W. Bush administration. That list already includes some degree of blame for the culminating disaster of his presidency, the 2008 global financial collapse.
The media is abuzz over what appears to be the implosion of the Romney campaign. Such a focus on the individual candidate's tactical ineptitude obscures the larger point that the Republican Party is just as calamitous on a substantive level.
By fully caving on this stand-off, where the White House is backed by the general public and large swaths of the GOP, Obama would not only fail to impress independent voters, he'd ensure a drubbing on a series of future fights.