Clinton disrupted the counter-terror organizations' ability to protect America on many different levels.
It seems he kept a few words handy when dealing with armed forces, Central Intelligence Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation: under-funding, over-politicization, and compromise.
Clinton dangerously weakened the armed forces. He kept them under-funded and over-politicized at the same time as spreading them thinner than any president had ever done before.
To keep his liberal, special interest constituents happy, Clinton made sure the armed forces, the Army in particular, was bogged down with political correctness.
Clinton instituted a stress card system in boot camp. In this system, if a recruit was stressed he or she could flash a yellow card to the Drill Sergeant and would be exempt from the exercise.
How will a soldier be able to stop terrorists if they can wimp through boot camp?
President Clinton lowered the level of Special Forces training so that more women could join.
At the same time as weakening the Army, he spread it out all over the world. He used the Army in South America, the Near East, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. His use, or rather misuse, of the armed forces was both dangerous and ineffective.
The Central Intelligence Agency suffered greatly under Clinton. According to CIA agent Robert Baer, by the mid-1990s, the CIAŐs headquarters throughout the world lacked the officers to go after the rising epidemic of radical Islam.
Clinton often ignored the CIAŐs advice, he considered them irrelevant. The CIA warned Clinton that without proper funding, it could not properly supply the White House with current, honest intelligence. Clinton responded by disregarding the CIAŐs request for more funding.
It was the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent John O'Neil that first connected Osama bin Laden to the rise in Islamic radicalism, specifically the terrorist actions of Muslims.
O'Neil told officials in 1997, When bin Laden, speaks we have to listen. They have the capability to strike American soil any time they choose.
Then on September 10, 2001, O'Neil said,
It's going to happen. And it looks like something big is brewing.
O’Neil made a career of tracking bin Laden and predicting his actions, he informed the White House that bin Laden is the center of activity and that he controls the actions of millions of followers.
The White House, starting with President George H. W. Bush and peaking with President Clinton, neglected his warnings.
The one time President Clinton did use military might, it was hastily done.
Clinton had ordered the bombing of Afghanistan and Sudan to take attention away from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
O'Neil, and a few others in a tight circle of national security insiders, knew Clinton was working with intelligence that was more than a year old.
O'Neil felt that if Clinton was going to use the information, he should have used it when he got it, not when it was politically helpful.
Clinton did not even notify the Director the FBI of the attacks. Clinton also didn't notify the FBI or CIA agents that were in those countries; they were essentially left in two heavily bin Laden sympathizing nations wearing FBI coats.
A total of 75 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles were fired, Afghani terrorist camps and a Sudanese VX manufacturing plant were the targets. The VX plant turned out to be an aspirin plant, the only casualties were Sudanese civilians.
And time proved Clinton wrong with his attacks in Afghanistan. All the terrorist training camps survived well enough to train Mohammed Atta, the suspected ring-leader of the high-jackers on September 11th.