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Bush vs. the Beltway: How the CIA and the State Department Tried to Stop the War on Terror Hardcover – July 29, 2003

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American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow Mylroie (coauthor, with Judith Miller, of Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf) here contends that the CIA and State Department, motivated by bureaucratic self-interest and a wrong-headed theory of terrorism that focuses on independent terrorist networks rather than terrorist states, have obstructed the investigation into the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Fortunately, President Bush is "an actual hero" who pushed ahead with the invasion of Iraq despite the intelligence bureaucrats' efforts to undermine him with nay-saying leaks. Mylroie's thesis hinges on her demonstration of a compelling case pointing to Saddam's possession of weapons of mass destruction and sponsorship of Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, this mainly amounts to a rehash of the Bush Administration rationale for war that has generated so much skepticism. What new information she does offer is usually a matter of suppositions, probabilities and "suggestive leads." Particularly weak is her attempt to link Saddam to the 2001 anthrax attacks, which rests on a few cryptic Iraqi media statements and a process of elimination. As for the failure to find any WMDs in Iraq, she can only speculate that they were hidden, sent abroad or "destroyed in a final, cunning act of revenge." Ostensibly an expose of intelligence failures in the war on terrorism, the book itself offers mostly murky intelligence.
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As the subtitle suggests, Mylroie claims the CIA and the U.S. State Department (among other bureaucracies) systematically discredited vital intelligence about the threat of violence from Iraq and, in particular, about Saddam Hussein's own intentions. It seems, on the surface, an unusual claim, but the author, who advised Bill Clinton on Iraq during his 1992 presidential campaign, marshals a lot of persuasive evidence. She demonstrates how important proof of danger from Iraq was dismissed by the federal government, in large part a result of the ill-conceived notion that, after the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center, state-sponsored terrorism against the U.S. was no longer a going concern. The book chronicles President Bush's run-ins with the bureaucracies of his government and documents the "massive intelligence failure" in the 1990s that culminated in the September 11 attacks. "George W. Bush was absolutely right," Mylroie writes, "there was no choice but war." It is a conclusion that some will not support, both here and abroad, but it is argued well. A key document in the ongoing policy debate. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Regan Books; 1 edition (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060580127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060580124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,411,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Pierre on August 13, 2003
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Holy Smokes you would think that this book would be getting lots more press due to the sheer explosive content. Its almost like no one wants to address the facts this book raise. Why not? Is the conventional wisdom so sure of itself about Iraq's involvement in terrorist attacks against this country? I dont see any conservative websites covering this book, no libetarian sites covering this book, no liberal websites (well ok that would destroy their attacks on the President so I understand) but sheesh. Are we in an alternate universe? James Woolsey, Richard Perle and others write high praise of the book, its released and then drops off the scope? It doesnt deserve this anonymity, it deserves to be debated and talked about on the news and either debunked, unlikely, or a major fuss made about the type of Bureaucratic bungling outlined in the book.
This book isnt written by some tinfoil beenie cap wearing nutcase but the expert that President Clinton called on during his campaign to advise him on Iraq, she has taught at Harvard and the Navy War College....she needs to be listened to and debated. Buy this book and you will see why. Its obvious from her passion on the subject that she is driven to make herself heard and to help her country avoid another 9/11.
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27 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2003
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Chapter Seven is the crucible brief which Ms. Mylroie lays out for those of us who maintain an open mind on state sponsored terrorism by Iraq. It becomes understandable in these Byzantine times how and why a terrorist state such as Iraq would and could create a double blind strategy using willing mercenaries most likely from that terrorist cauldron of Baluchastan with "legends" created during the Kuwaiti occupation; who could wreak havoc on a lulled America preoccupied with limp wristed political leadership - and to have the finger of blame pointed at vacuous Saudi identities of the perpetrators to achieve the dual purpose of wrecking the U.S. economy and imploding the Saudi Kingdom;
brilliantly removing "the scales from the eyes" revelations.
bob hardy, vergennes, vt
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Grayson on August 11, 2003
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This book will get your brain rolling. Sad, it is, how institutional propriety is more valued than national security. If you still think Iraq has nothing to do with terrorism, then open your mind and read this. If you can honestly admit that something that smells like fish, looks like a fish, and swims like a fish, that it is indeed a fish, then you will conclude that Bush did what needed to be done. If you are one who always, in spite of the facts, screams that there "Isn't enough proof," then forget this book and return to your Noam Chomsky collection.
And, the chapter outlining the legality of war on Iraq was a great addition to the book.
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27 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G Holt on April 5, 2004
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Laurie Milroie writes a very convincing book on the truth behind the conflict between the CIA and the White House. This is a very insightful book on what goes on behind the scenes in Washington. The CIA and the State Dept had evidence of the complicity between Al Queada and Saddam Hussien. Laurie clearly details why the itelligence was not and is not still the Public knowledge norm for the war in Iraq. It seems clear that the CIA to avoid embarrasment and for fear of losing power inside of Washington is continously discrediting such information to this day. Not only did the CIA endanger our national security before 9/11 it is till doing so in a power struugle in our intelligence community today. Laurie also detail meetings between Iraqi intelligence and Muhammed Atta in the Chec Repuclic before the 9/11 attacks. The Checks still very much say this meeting took place. Yet this report is discredited by anoynomous leaks coming from sources inside the CIA. Also very important links show how Iraqi intelligence altered records of terrorists in Kuwati intelligence files during their occupation of Kuwait during the first Gulf War. There same terrorists are the very ones behind attacks on the USS Cole, The First World Trade Center Bombing, The Sept 11 attacks. Laurie also sheds light on Saddams revenge tactics on Egypt for participation in the first Gulf War. Saddam was complicit in a major terrorist attack on the tourists at Luxor in 1997. Saddam and his regimes evil is very much a subject of Ms Mylroies book which makes the most important humanitarian reason for the war in Iraq. Saddam was funneling money from the oil for food program and using it for his own weapons programs and funding of terrorist camps inside of Iraq.Read more ›
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14 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2004
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I thought this was a really good book. It is the second book by this author that I have read since 9/11. Much of what she has discovered and shares in her books she gathered from the public record, especially the trial of the first World Trade Center bombing. This book is timely, especially with the problems in our intelligence agencies. The author tried to share information with the spies, but they aren't interested unless they discover it themselves. And many times they don't even know what is available already in the public record. The book also reveals how the lifetime employees of the CIA and State Department often promote their own self interests over those of the U.S. Scary. Most revealing is the relationship between Iraq and Saddam and 9/11. I fully believe that Saddam was involved. Book also reveals that many of the worst bad guys may be from a very small part area of the world. Revealing book, which I highly recommend.
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