Nine years ago today, the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya were bombed by al Qaeda, resulting in 224 dead, including 12 Americans, and more than 4500 wounded. This was the terror attack, clearly targeting America, that prompted Clinton to launch cruise missiles at an aspirin factory in the Sudan, as well as some tents in Afghanistan. Had we responded with more vigor, this attack could well have been the last attack by Al Qaeda against America. Preceded by other al Qaeda attacks like the 1993 WTC bombing and the Khobar Towers attack, and followed by the assault on the USS Cole, this was just one of many in a string of failures and missed opportunities for the Clinton Whitehouse, preoccupied as it was with more pressing affairs. Had any of these four assaults been met with a fierce and total response, 9/11 may never have happened.