Policy of Least Resistance

Diplomacy weakened by scandal? Impossible!

No matter how long it takes or where it takes us, we will pursue terrorists until the cases are solved and justice is done." So declared President Clinton the day after the car bombing of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Brave words, and familiar. Clinton, the day after the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American airmen in Saudi Arabia: "We will not rest in our efforts to find who is responsible for this outrage, to pursue them and to punish them."

But we did rest. The investigation of the Khobar Towers bombing has completely collapsed. We...

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