Originally posted by kramtronix
Originally posted by Slayer
I'd say you're wrong.
Prove it, Slayer!
Very well. Between 1993 and 2000, four major terror attacks were made against the US. The first one was in 1993 in New York City at the World Trade
Center. A car bomb in the underground parking lot exploded, killing six and injuring thousands. Osama bin Laden was believed to be the mastermind
behind the attack. In response to the attacks, Bill Clinton said, "I would plead with the American people and the good people of New York to keep
your courage up and go on about your lives. I would discourage the American people from overreacting to this," He also laid out his plan for
cracking down on the terrorists behind the attacks, he said he would use "the full, full resources of the federal law enforcement agencies - all
kinds of agencies, all kinds of access to information - at the service of those who are trying to figure out who did this and why." But Clinton
didn’t change his policy of fighting terrorism at all. "From the time President Clinton took office until May of 1995, a Presidential Decision
Directive, PDD 39, sat in the National Security Council, in the In Box of one of the officials with no action taken. The significance of PDD 39 is
that it was the document defining what the missions and roles were of combating terrorism," says Howard Johnson, formerly with the CIA and state
dept. Clinton finally passed the PDD 39 after the Okalahoma City Bombing.
The second attack took place on June 25, 1996 in Saudi Arabia. Explosives were used in the U.S. military complex and Khobar Towers, killing nineteen
Americans. Again, Clinton said he would get to the bottom of the attack: "The explosion appears to be the work of terrorists. The cowards who
committed this murderous act must not go unpunished," Clinton said. "America takes care of its own." But once again, Clinton didn’t take any
action. The explosives used in the attack we’re believed to of come out of Lebanon, which at the time, was a country with trade restrictions with the
US, but a year later, Clinton lifted the trade restrictions with the country.
Thirdly, on August 7, 1998, two US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were attacked, killing 258 people, and injuring more than
5,000. Bin Laden and his terror network were once again blamed for the attacks. The only thing Clinton did in response to the attacks was launch
cruise missiles at locations where there were believed to be Al-Qaeda training camps.
Finally, in the year 2000, on October 12, terrorists drove a boat packed with explosives into the side of the USS Cole, nearly sinking it, and
killing 17 sailors. In response to the attack, Clinton ordered military personnel in that area to step up security.
In conclusion, we can see that Clintons failure to fight terrorism from the beginning of 1993 led to major attacks against the US. By ignoring and
taking no action against terrorist cells around the world, terrorists were able to plan and carry out their attacks virtually unrestricted.