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Bush's War For Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People Hardcover – March 15, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471483850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471483854
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,005,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This furious, scattershot j’accuse is more an attack on Bush’s character than on his Iraq policy. Revisiting such controversies as the aluminum tubes canard and the forged documents about Iraqi uranium purchases from Niger, journalist Moore (co-author of Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George Bush Presidential) asserts that the Bush Administration cynically proffered charges it knew to be false in order to trump up a case for invading Iraq, an effort abetted, he says, by a credulous media. Moore juxtaposes his allegations of Bush Administration underhandedness with several somewhat mawkish chapters on the lives, deaths and funerals of three American soldiers killed in the invasion, complete with family members’ recriminations against Bush for sending other people’s children to die under dishonest pretenses. Moore also includes a thorough rehash of the evidence for Bush’s apparent desertion from the National Guard during the Vietnam War, a dereliction that he contrasts with reminiscences of men who fought in Vietnam while the privileged Bush, he says, played hooky. From this heavy-handed counterpoint between muck-raking exposes and tear-jerking war stories emerges an indictment of a president who, Moore says, betrayed the soldierly ideals he now appropriates for political gain, for whom "duty, honor and service…were only words." Moore is a fine reporter and debunker, and marshals a compelling summation of the accusations surrounding Bush’s own war record and the seemingly fraudulent rationale for invading Iraq. Unfortunately, his fleeting analysis of the politics behind the war settles for simplistic assertions that it was all about oil. With so much of the book devoted to what Moore depicts as Bush’s scandalous perfidy, he never develops a cogent critique of the president’s policies.
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"...a compelling expose of the conflict with Iraq and the political effort to help George W. Bush win a second term in office." (Prospect, March 2004)

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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Carole Rhodus on March 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
No wonder the Bush Administration is so touchy about Mr Kerry's comments, "they are the biggest bunch of crooks and liars".
In this election year, I have been doing a lot of serious reading, both online, in the library, and when a really good book comes along -- buying it. This book is in that last category.
After hearing about this book on MSNBC, I had to get it. I was not disappointed. The format, style and detail is superb.
It confirms my original fears regarding Iraq, and gave me some new ones. The problem is, it makes me feel violated, taken advantage of by these people who arrogantly abuse their absolute power. And to think that I actually wrote Pres. Bush, and offered my "patriotic support, even though I didn't vote for you, as we go to war -- I have to trust that you know what you are doing and you will do the right thing". Trust? Do the right thing? Boy, was I a schmuck! Kerry was right -- "they are the biggest bunch of crooks and liars" that ANY of us have EVER seen. Worse than Nixon! And I used to be a Republican! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. This book should be REQUIRED READING before you are ALLOWED to vote! I'm sending my copy to a brother-in-law, an uninformed Bush supporter. Hopefully he, and others like him, will make a more informed voting decision once they've read this book! My thanks to Mr Moore. I highly recommend this book. For a more comic, light, and entertaining approach to some of this subject matter, I also recommend Al Franken's, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them".
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124 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
James Moore, author of "Bush's Brain" (that would be Karl Rove) is back with more hard-hitting reporting. The theme of the book is that Bush, who had strings pulled to get him into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam and then went AWOL to work on a GOP political campaign, is no war hero. Moore's book is filled with the stories of the real war heroes, the young men and women who were sent to fight in two wars that should not have been fought -- Vietnam, and Iraq 2003. The format moves back and forth between chapters exposing the lies, vendettas and trickery of Bush and his team, and chapters profiling the stories of combat veterans.

The opening chapter documents the fact that the Bush administration was committed to a war on Iraq upon entering office. 9/11 was merely the pretext. They knew full well that they were manufacturing and twisting intel -- what nerve to deny it! (See the excellent story "The Lie Factory" on the Office of Special Plans in Mother Jones on the web.) Hundreds of U.S. troops have died for Bush's lies, Bush who used his family connections to avoid combat himself. A major contribution of the book is to document Bush being AWOL and the cover-up, including photocopies of many documents and a list of those that are missing. LTC Bill Burkett of the Texas Army National Guard is one who knows and has paid the price -- he has suffered death threats, shots fired into his house, and the denial of medical treatment that nearly killed him, all because he refused to join the coverup of Bush's AWOL episode in 1972-3. Another chapter covers the shameful outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame by the Bush administration.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Strange on March 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Finally a reasonable perspective on the current political miasma created by the Bush Administration. Well written, organized in a logical presentation, and more even handed than the usual fair from both extremes, i.e. Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or Michael Moore, Al Franken.
One mystery that isn't explained however is, why is it called the "Commitee to re-elect the President" when he wasn't "elected" yet.
If much of what is discussed by James Moore is weighted more to the truth, then a win for Bush in 2004 will be a bigger disaster than the re-election of Nixon in 1972.
If read with a truly open mind, Moore's book is at least an eye opener and a cause for much needed debate before we go to the polls in Novemeber.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Scanlon on August 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You must keep the title in mind while reading this book as, if you don't, you're not likely to remember the book's point.

I got the book largely because I was impressed with "Bush's Brain," the other book one of whose authors was James Moore who wrote this volume. He starts the book with an "in memory" of military men the fate of whom he covers more thoroughly in the text. He then covers some details of the military actions in which those individuals were involved--and in which they and others were killed.

The text then covers much of Dubya's dubious military record. Well, as I've said to many, if most of us were so irresponsible to our commanders, national guard or otherwise, we'd be in jail.

I guess what impressed me most was the style and the angle of the text. I'm not accustomed to such detailed coverage of military actions, then reflections on the lives of the survivors of those to whom the book is dedicated.

While it's been a couple of months since I finished the book, I review it now and see the only "objections" I had to the text: There are so many at best distantly related subjects that the theme of the book wasn't clear. I opened a chapter now and saw the part I'd forgotten about voting machines in Florida. And the next chapter is about the wife and daughters of one of the marines killed in Iraq.

Overall it's not a bad book, but, again, the object of the book doesn't seem clear. Add it, perhaps, to your library of books challenging the "war" in Iraq (and the moral capacity of those who instigated it) but don't read it until you've read many of the others that are more clearly presented.
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