The Washington Times says it better than anybody yet on why the hysteria over REAL ID is misplaced:

Timothy McVeigh used a fraudulent South Dakota driver’s license to rent
the Ryder truck in Oklahoma that was used to bomb the Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 persons. The Sept. 11
hijackers fraudulently acquired 17 driver’s licenses from Florida,
California and Arizona, including four duplicates. They also obtained
13 state-issued IDs from Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The IDs were
used to open bank accounts, find housing, rent cars and board aircraft
on Sept. 11. Ziad Jarrah, the hijacker who piloted the plane that
crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and Hani Hanjour, who crashed his plane
into the Pentagon, had both obtained Virginia IDs by fraud. Three
Salvadoran immigrants living in Virginia (one a legal permanent
resident of the United States and the other two illegal aliens) helped
four of the Sept. 11 hijackers use fraudulent identification in order
to obtain Virginia-issued identification cards.