Prior to the 9/11 attacks Bin Laden was the head of the al Qaida state within a state in the very model of Islamic state, Taliban run Afghanistan, that he hoped to see spread around the world. His terrorist training camps were turning out thousands of trained terrorists per year with recruits of all races coming from around the world to learn their deadly lessons and return home to spread the Jihad. The world continued to slumber while he built up his forces and spread the poison of their ideology. In reaction to 9/11 he expected more cruise missiles as had occurred under President Clinton, and which had proven ineffective. Instead what he got was a Western alliance galvanized into action, an invasion that removed the Taliban from power, destroyed his training camps, devastated his base of terrorist fighters, choked off much of his funding, forced his sponsors in Pakistan to engage in combat against al Qaida and its allies, even if only half-heartedly, and caused his followers to flee like rats to hide in the dark. When they tried to regroup and confront the US in Iraq, they did even worse damage to themselves. They lost large numbers of fighters, exposed their funding sources to attack, and demonstrated to the Arab and Muslim world that they were blood thirsty and cruel thugs that were as happy killing Muslims as anybody. As a result of their conduct in Iraq they lost massive amounts of support in the Muslim world. All during this time their leadership was being hunted down by special forces and drones and killed or captured. Bin Laden was reduced to little more than a figurehead hiding in Pakistan. He died like a bandit in hiding, doing little more than writing letters to try to rework his failing strategy, and watching porn. I don't think it worked out the way he thought it would.