Kirk Lippold “Front Burner”
October 11th, 2012
Kirk Lippold says .. “The war on terror started with us.”
Lippold was the commander of the USS Cole the day it was attacked — October 12, 2000, eleven months before 9/11 — by al Qaeda suicide bombers in the port of Aden. Seventeen sailors died in the explosion. Thirty-seven more were wounded. But thanks to the valor of the crew in the perilous days that followed, the ship was saved.
In his book “Front Burner” Lippold — who retired from the Navy in 2007 — captures a critical moment in America’s battle against al Qaeda.
And he is frank in his opinions about the wisdom of our leaders’ decision to delay retaliating against al Qaeda after the attack on the Cole, even as the danger signs were mounting.
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