Preventing 9-11 or A Wanted War?

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I can't help but to question whether or not the terrorist attacks on American soil could have been prevented. It seems as though the government and officials had foreseen the horrid attacks but did nothing to prepare or prevent such violent attacks from the Al-Qaeda organization. According to in 1998 Bin Laden had declared war in front of a ABC news camera on America. He warns then that there will be blood and openly states " We do not have to differentiate between military or civilians. As far as we are concerned, they are all targets." Bill Clinton, the United States President at the time pushed aside the threats until al-Qaeda blows up American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 200 people. Only then does Clinton retaliate by launching cruise missile attacks against targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, Which hit a few empty tents and a aspirin factory.

President Clinton's attempts to show terrorist America isn't going to stand for their behavior in my opinion are weak. The Al-Qaeda had killed American people and all we could do was blow up some tents and a factory. I feel that Clinton showed weakness in his effortless actions and I believe that weakness had been passed before the enemies' eyes. If Clinton had shown more force against terrorism maybe the Al-Qaeda organization wouldn't have bombed the USS Cole in Yemen that killed seventeen U.S sailors. According to (Inside 9/11: War on America), terrorist drove a small boat along side the USS Cole, smiled and waved at the sailors then uncovered bombs from a tarp and blew a hole in the side of the ship. Clinton then blames the CIA and FBI for his lack of defense saying that neither could verify that Bin Laden was responsible for the attack.