Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

by Prudence Bushnell
Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

by Prudence Bushnell

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Overview

On August 7, 1998, three years before President George W. Bush declared the War on Terror, the radical Islamist group al-Qaeda bombed the American embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where Prudence Bushnell was serving as U.S. ambassador.

Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience is her account of what happened, how it happened, and its impact twenty years later.

When the bombs went off in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania that day, Congress was in recess and the White House, along with the rest of the United States, was focused on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. 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 an historical footnote.

Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience is Bushnell's account of her quest to understand how these bombings could have happened, given the scrutiny bin Laden and his cell in Nairobi had been getting since 1996 from special groups in the National Security Council, the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. Bushnell tracks national security strategies and assumptions about terrorism and the Muslim world that failed to keep us safe in 1998. In this hard-hitting, no-holds-barred account, she reveals what led to poor decisions in Washington and demonstrates how diplomacy and leadership will be our country's most potent defense going forward.

Prudence Bushnell is an American diplomat who has held a series of leadership positions with the U.S. Department of State, including deputy assistant secretary for African Affairs, ambassador to the republics of Kenya and Guatemala, and dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Bushnell founded the Levitt Leadership Institute at Hamilton College in New York and continues to speak on the importance of practicing leadership. She has earned numerous awards for diplomacy and leadership, including three honorary doctorates.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640124837
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 11/01/2021
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Prudence Bushnell is an American diplomat who has held a series of leadership positions with the U.S. Department of State, including deputy assistant secretary for African Affairs, ambassador to the republics of Kenya and Guatemala, and dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Bushnell founded the Levitt Leadership Institute at Hamilton College in New York and continues to speak on the importance of practicing leadership. She has earned numerous awards for diplomacy and leadership, including three honorary doctorates.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1. What Happened?

1. The Bombing

2. The Past as Prologue

3. The Response

4. The Impact

5. The Turning Point

6. The Consequences

Part 2. How Did It Happen?

7. The Proxy War

8. The Blowback

9. The Plots

10. The Plans

11. The Execution

Part 3. So What?

12. The Outcomes

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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