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BUY the book for Chapter 4; Other allegations are SUSPECT
on February 17, 2013
I thought Chapter 4 was worth $2.99. BUT the rest of the book wasn't that well substantiated, even with anonymous sources you're supposed to construct a tight argument for your narrative and/or claims. The writers' attempt were weak in this regard, hence 3 stars.
REGARDING John Brennan and his war waged outside the CIA and DoD, too many questions were left unanswered to warrant any form of accusation:
1). the CIA mission in Benghazi (which was around 25 personnel in the book) was largely there to locate uranium and fissile materials, BUT if CIA was in that same area, were they so focused, that they selectively muted talks of Brennan/JSOC ops from locals? This portion involves process, which could've been explained more.
2). this quote was pretty important and set the tone for these two men's relationship in that region: "Amb. Stevens did not see eye to eye with the WH CT adviser John Brennan when it came to unilateral military action, which Stevens saw as counterproductive to his mission in Libya." Another commenter complained of statements not being sourced here, was the above from open source Wikileaks State cables or from an anonymous source?
3). why could the following scenario NOT have happened, Brennan/JSOC are working within CIA and DoD, and NOT outside them? And the anonymous sources presented in the book weren't read in this higher covert activity, hence the assumption that all this is being run outside. The writers could've posed this possibility and maybe argue it.
There has to be more questions answered or posed in the book to prosecute the above accusation of Brennan, is my point.
REGARDING Gen. Petraues and his bodyguards:
1). Who does executive protection for the DCIA?
2). Are they ex- SOF OR non- SOF coming from CIA's own security?
3). Why would they betray Gen. Petraues? What were their motivations?
4) Why would Gen. Petraues involve his protection detail in the affair?
5). What about the woman who generated this investigation, Kelley and her FBI agent friend
(were they just smoke screen)?
I hope this review offers much needed constructive criticism for future projects. If I could separately give 5 stars for Chapter 4, I would.