Dick Cheney attempting to emphasize the number of terrorist attacks under Bill Clinton, as compared to his own administration:
In 1993, terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, hoping to bring down the towers with a blast from below. The attacks continued in 1995, with the bombing of U.S. facilities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the killing of servicemen at Khobar Towers in 1996; the attack on our embassies in East Africa in 1998; the murder of American sailors on the USS Cole in 2000; and then the hijackings of 9/11, and all the grief and loss we suffered on that day. [...]
The first attack on the World Trade Center was treated as a law enforcement problem, with everything handled after the fact – crime scene, arrests, indictments, convictions, prison sentences, case closed.
So, according to Dick Cheney, we had one attack on American soil on Clinton’s watch in 1993, which was treated as a law enforcement problem, and several terrorist attacks abroad.
And then, according to Dick Cheney, one attack on American soil on Bush-Cheney’s watch in 2001. Instead of Clinton’s “law enforcement problem,” Cheney used invasions and torture and other crimes. And since then, how many attacks on Cheney’s watch here and abroad?
Almost too many to count (tens of thousands according to this far-right blog).
How many American soldiers and Iraqi civilians have been killed by terrorists in Iraq? And Afghanistan? How many people were killed in Madrid and London? What about the anthrax attacks on our soil? How many people were killed by the DC Snipers? (Sixteen, by the way. More than were killed in the 1993 WTC bombing. And it happened within short driving distance of Cheney’s underground cryogenic chamber.)
Yeah, Dick Cheney had a hell of a way of fighting a so-called war on terror. Heckuva!
(I wrote a whole chapter about this in my book.)