I found the following tangential nugget about the long-term consequences of one of Bill Clinton’s Presidential moves buried in an article on the surprising amount of cooperation that seems to be developing between the outgoing Bush Administration and the incoming Obama one:
After 18 U.S. Army Rangers were killed and soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu , Clinton began a troop pullout; all U.S. forces were out by 1995. Osama bin Laden later said that the U.S. withdrawal encouraged his al Qaida forces to plan new attacks.
Premature withdrawals are seen by terrorists as acts of cowardice committed by weak horses. Obama, take note.