"There was a thunderous explosion. You could feel all 505 feet and 8400 tons of guided missile destroyer violently thrust up and to the right."
– Kirk Lippold, retired US Navy Commander
That guided missile destroyer was the USS Cole. And the explosion on October 12, 2000 was a terrorist attack. The blast tore a 40-foot hole in the side of the ship, and killed seventeen sailors. "We will find out who is responsible," vowed President Clinton, "and hold them accountable." The U.S. found out al-Qaeda was responsible, but did not hold them accountable: no missile strikes, no court trials. Ten years gone, the Cole bombing is still an open wound. "The nation reacted to 9/11," says Commander Lippold, "but before 9/11 there was 10/12."