Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Today is the 5th anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole by Al Qaeda. In an April 2004 article, Failing the USS Cole, The Galvin Opinion showed how Osama bin Laden promised to attack American ships, how the Clinton administration ignored that warning and how Bill Clinton spoke at a memorial for the Cole and said "America is not at war."

Michelle Malkin has a great roundup on rememberances of the USS Cole.

The following is an excerpt of what The Galvin Opinion published in April 2004 concerning Osama bin Laden's promise to attack American ships and how a presidential administration FAILED THE USS COLE...

Sept. 22 2000, bin Laden said he would attack U.S. ships - Oct 12 2000 he struck the USS Cole

The Galvin Opinion has compiled a series of resources that recount the events and political repercussions arising out of the Oct 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. There has been some discussion on what the Bush Administration should have done about the Cole despite the fact that the attack occurred during the Clinton Administration. But, the information below shows how Osama bin Laden was identified as the prime suspect, very quickly, after the attack while the Clinton team was still in office.

Despite the fact that bin Laden had declared war on America in 1998 the Clinton Administration never countered that we were at war with terrorists. In a radio address on October 14, two days after the attacks, Bill Clinton said "even when America is not at war, the men and women of our military risk their lives every day." In an October 18 memorial service, Clinton only devoted one small paragraph to the terrorists. He never mentioned any grave threat by name, not even Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda. In a "Meet the Press" interview just 3 days after the attack, National Security Advisor Sandy Berger did not even bring up Al Qaeda or the risk it posed to Americans. His neglect to address the subject of our biggest enemy came just one month before the 2000 election. Top officials like Madeleine Albright and William Cohen ignored Richard Clarke's calls for attacking Al Qaeda targets for fear of derailing the Arab-Israeli peace process and creating perceptions that America is indiscriminately bombing Muslims. All of this despite the fact there was a foiled attempt on 3 U.S. targets on January 3, 2000, including an attack on
"The Sullivans" in, of all places, the port of Aden, Yemen.

In fact, the Clinton Administration should have had knowledge of bin Laden's desire to carry out attacks on American forces. Osama bin Laden and members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad appeared in a Qatar TV tape on September 22, 2000 making specific threats to attack American ships. Osama bin Laden followed through on his promise on October 12, 2000, killing 17 Americans.


Oct 18 2000 - Clinton Vows "No Safe Harbor" for USS Cole Attackers: "The Wars we never fought"
"Their tragic loss reminds us that even when America is not at war, the men and women of our military still risk their lives for peace. I am quite sure history will record in great detail our triumphs in battle, but I regret that no one will ever be able to write a full account of the wars we never fought, the losses we never suffered, the tears we never shed because men and women like those who were on the USS Cole were standing guard for peace. We should never, ever forget that."

Click here to read the entire article, Failing the USS Cole: A Galvin Opinion Investigation


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