President Clinton’s reaction to the twin embassy bombings in 1998 was to throw a dozen cruise missiles at Afghanistan and into Sudan. This fits his pattern of weak response. This can be seen as not having been very effective:
1) The targets in Sudan turned out to be something else. (At least this is the ‘official’ verdict)
2) Attacks upon the U.S. continued to increase in severity and frequency. In fact, the attacks in 1998 were only the latest in a series of attacks:
1993 – The first world trade center attack
1995 or 1996 – The attack upon the barracks in Saudi Arabia
1998 – the twin embassy attacks
Then two years later:
2000 – The U.S.S. Cole
2001 – 9/11/01
Please note that after 9/11/01, the U.S. has yet to be hit again. Something changed the pattern of events.
Barack Obama is a counterpuncher. He will take action, but will hit back tactically after any direct assaults. To do otherwise is to risk a much larger war. He is averse to taking such risks. Despite his best efforts, eventually this will occur and all we will have gained is time. And time is NOT on our side.