If you wish for peace, prepare for war. — Latin adage
In the immediate aftermath of September 11, a rough consensus emerged about the messages the Clinton administration was sending to potential adversaries. The failure to respond to the attacks on our forces in Mogadishu, the non-response to the bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and toleration of the assault on the USS Cole — all persuaded al-Qaeda that the United States was a “weak horse” that could be attacked without fear. Our limp response to provocations thus encouraged aggression.
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