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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror Paperback – Bargain Price, September 14, 2004
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I do recommend this book highly, but if you are a person who thinks that our administration can do no wrong then this book will not change your mind about the mistakes that they have made. I'm not saying you can't change your mind about the administration, I know I definitely have - but that took a trip to Iraq, a single rocket attack at our work center, David Kay not finding any WMDs and a LOT of internet research when I got back home started my questioning why we really went into Iraq.
As a two-tour Vietnam veteran, trained journalist, author and proud American I am saddened by Richard Clarke's revelations. I desperately wanted to believe in President Bush. However, the author is one of our nation's best and brightest terrorism professionals. To this end, Clarke's book offers highly credible insights to a terrible period in American history.
Ultimately, one must decide who has the most credibility. The author...or the President of the United States. The nation now has the opportunity to voice its opinion in the upcoming elections. Consequently, Richard Clarke has done the nation a great service...he has confirmed what others who left this government have said...that the Bush White House has its own secret agenda and will viciously attack anyone who disagrees. Highly recommended.
Clarke's book is a riveting first person account by a counter-terrorism expert that worked for Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Clarke recognized early on that terrorism was the greatest threat facing our country and the world. Clarke, a lifetime Republican, dares to reveal what really happened in the months leading up to 911 as well as failure of vision and leadership that lead to the invasion of Iraq.
He starts the book with a fast-paced and fascinating account of what went on in the White House on 9/11/01. He then turns his attention to a play-by-play of the failings of 4 administrations to prepare for this inevitable attack. President Reagan gave birth to the present day al Qaeda by refusing to retaliate for the murder of US Marines in Beirut and through the arms-for-hostages disaster. George H. W. Bush did not recognize a threat from terrorists and as a result failed to retaliate for Pan Am 103. President Clinton failed to retaliate against the terrorist attack on the U.S.S. Cole. These failings, while serious, were just a warm-up for the total incompetence and breathtaking ignorance of the George W. Bush Administration.
Clarke's book is highly readable and holds one's attention from the preface to the end on page 291. Clarke raises important issues of systemic problems in the U.S. intelligence apparatus and the manner in which decisions are made in the Bush White House. It's not a pretty picture. If you don't read another book this year, please read this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must-read for anyone who wants to understand what really happened on 9/11.Published 8 days ago by Kathy A.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Wolfowitz are still not in jail, and that is truly scandalous.
Every American should read Clarke's book. Read more
This book is a classic. Clark never received the acclaim he deserved for trying to warn the Bush group about the dangers of terrorists. He was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ardis Campbell
Very well written from someone who have experience and not going in to bla-bla-bla as 95% of the people.Published 4 months ago by mario udewald
Great book, required reading on why we messed up the Middle East during Bush administration.Published 4 months ago by Buddvi
An eye opener to what the White House administration's many mis-steps and lack of insight and not setting the right priorities. Very detailed in his recollection of what occurred.Published 6 months ago by Dale Theiss