DACOR: Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings
On August 7, 1998, al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, where Prudence Bushnell was U.S. ambassador. Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience is her account of what happened, how it happened, and its impact twenty years later. Congress held no hearings about the bombings, the national security community held no after-action reviews, and the mandatory Accountability Review Board focused on narrow security issues. Then on September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacked the U.S. homeland, and the East Africa bombings became little more than a footnote. This book is Bushnell's account of her quest to understand how these bombings could have happened, given the scrutiny bin Laden and his Nairobi cell had been getting since 1996 form the U.S. intelligence community. She tracks national security strategies and assumptions about terrorism and the Muslim world that failed to keep us safe in 1998 and that continue today. This event is co-hosted by ADST & DACOR.