Thought experiment: There were no jihadist attacks on American soil between the first World Trade Center bombing and the 9/11 attacks (there were, of course, such attacks on U.S interests abroad, in addition to the Oklahoma City bombing). Does that fact invalidate all criticisms of the Clinton administration’s foreign policy?
There was, however, the Khobar Towers bombing, the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings, and the U.S.S. Cole bombing. Clearly, the threat of terrorism was escalating under Clinton’s watch, with increasingly bold and sophisticated attacks that culminated on 9/11.