U.S. News and World Report

Too many of our national security policies, practices, and decisions operate to encourage and embolden our sworn enemies, rather than deter or discourage them. For example: Our responses to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the attack on Khobar Towers in 1996, and the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 all demonstrated a lack of resolve to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors. Why? Because we regarded these attacks primarily as criminal matters, rather than requiring strategic responses.