Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole
Commander Kirk S. Lippold, U.S. Navy (Retired). New York: Public Affairs, 2012. 416 pp. Illus. Notes. $27.99.
Reviewed by J. Furman Daniel III
On 12 October 2000, the USS Cole (DDG-67) was attacked by an explosive-laden boat in the Yemeni port of Aden. In an instant, a routine refueling stop became the single most deadly suicide attack on an American warship since World War II. The incident killed 17 sailors, wounded 37 others, and could have been a warning to the dangers of al Qaeda, yet has been largely forgotten since 9/11. In Front Burner, the Cole’s former commanding officer, Commander Kirk Lippold, directly addresses the causes, consequences, and controversies of this incident in an easy-to-follow first-person narrative.