Embassies at Risk

But beyond this business of walls, set-backs, and barbed wire lies a philosophical question: What kind of nation are we? Has America, like Rome, in its declining decades become a garrison state? What is the point of our diplomacy? While the safety

Issue: Fall 1998

The last crushed bodies had scarcely been extricated from the car-bombed carnage of the American embassies in Dar es-Salaam and Nairobi when the cry went up to harden security at 280 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world, turning them into isolated bomb-proof fortresses impervious to terrorist attack.

Leading the first wave of the rhetorical charge, before the bodies of the American dead had reached these shores, were Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, and Bobby R. Inman, a retired admiral who was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Ronald Reagan.

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