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America ’s biggest national security threat just might be the president of the
United States

Sound shocking— it’s meant to be; but unfortunately, it’s not the plot of a White House thriller: it’s real life. Bestselling military analyst Buzz Patterson—who once served in the White House as the president’s senior military aide responsible for the “nuclear football”—has seen presidential irresponsibility before. But what he reveals about President Barack Obama is even more disturbing than what he witnessed in the White House of Bill Clinton.

From Obama’s bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia, the Communist president of China, and the emperor of Japan, to his “America apology tour,” his refusal to identify radical Islam as the enemy in the war on terror, his unilateral withdrawal of a planned missile defense shield from Eastern Europe, and his administration’s public downgrading of our “special relationship” with Great Britain, Barack Obama’s foreign policy seems to be never to stand up for America, but always to retreat from leadership, appease our enemies, and insult our allies—and even our own military.

Barack Obama is only the second president since the Second World War to have no military experience; as commander in chief in a time of war, that lack of experience could be deadly. In Conduct Unbecoming, you’ll learn:

Why Obama could willfully lose the war on terror
Why Obama will never be a “centrist” Democrat
How the Obama administration’s “rules of engagement” in Afghanistan are costing American lives
How the Obama administration’s aggressive push to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could lead to countless lawsuits and the loss of up to a quarter of our armed forces
BONUS: The Obama administration’s official national security strategy—identifying “climate change” and not radical Islam as a threat to national security
PLUS: “Are You Safer?” a complete rundown of the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration

Incisive and comprehensive, Conduct Unbecoming is the most important book yet written on how Barack Obama is endangering our national security.

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Praise for Conduct Unbecoming

“Buzz Patterson thought he’d seen it all as the military aide to President Bill Clinton. Turns out, he was wrong, Barack Obama is worse, much worse, and his failures as America’s commander in chief are profoundly affecting the U.S. military and our ability to win the great ideological battle with Islamic extremism. Read this book. It will educate you and shock you at the same time. Brilliant read.”
—General Thomas G. McInerney, FOX News military analyst and bestselling co-author of Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror

Praise for Lt. Col. Patterson’s New York Times bestseller Reckless Disregard

“Humorist P. J. O’Rourke has said that putting Democrats in charge of foreign policy is like giving the car keys and a bottle of whiskey to a teenager. Buzz Patterson explains here why this is no joke.”
—Steven F. Hayward, author of The Age of Reagan and The Real Jimmy Carter

“Buzz Patterson’s words are harsh, but his conclusion is inescapable. Today’s Democrats cannot be trusted with America’s defense.”
—Jed Babbin, former deputy undersecretary of Defense and author of Inside the Asylum and co-author of Showdown

Praise for Lt. Col. Patterson’s New York Times bestseller Dereliction of Duty

“Patterson portrays a president too self-absorbed to take the time to handle many military decisions, a first family who viewed military aides as waiters, and a national security operation so weak that it forced many officers to quit.”
—Paul Bedard, White House Weekly

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596986212
  • ASIN: B0055X64S4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson, United States Air Force (Retired), is the author of New York Times best sellers, Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security and Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security, and War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy the Military and Lose the War on Terror. His new book, "Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama is Endangering Our National Security," will be released on September 7th, 2010.

Patterson served 20 years as a pilot on active duty in the United States Air Force and saw tours of duty world-wide including combat operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia.

From 1996 to 1998, Colonel Patterson was the Senior Military Aide to President Bill Clinton. During that time he was responsible for the President's Emergency Satchel, otherwise known as the "Nuclear Football," the black bag with the nation's nuclear capability that accompanies the president at all times. In addition, Colonel Patterson was operational commander for all military units assigned to the White House, which included Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, White House Transportation Agency and White House Mess.

Among his many military commendations, Patterson received the Defense Superior Service Medal for accomplishments while at the White House and was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for flying fifteen combat support missions into then-besieged Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. He retired in 2001 to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot, writer and conservative speaker.

As a result of his experiences and writings, he's been featured in films such as Hillary: The Movie and Blocking the Path to 9/11. He is a frequent guest on talk shows across the country, including television appearances on ABC News with Diane Sawyer, The Hannity Show, The O'Reilly Factor, CBS' Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Miller Show, C-SPAN's Book Notes, Joe Scarborough, Heartland with John Kasich, and MSNBC News. He's also been heard on radio shows ranging from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy to Hugh Hewitt.

Patterson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College; he has his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech University and a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his family currently reside in California.

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Buzz Patterson, a former Air Force Lt. Col. who worked in the Bill Clinton White House carrying the codes for the nuclear football, has even less use for Barak Obama than he did for Bill Clinton. And that is a real counter-achievement. So, if you are an admirer and a supporter of Obama this book will almost certainly upset you.

However, if you want to understand how deep the roots of radicalism are in Obama and why he has governed as radically as he has, this book will be most interesting to you. If you also want to understand how the radical transformation Obama has been trying to push on America is dangerous for our security, I think you will find this book valuable.

The first two chapters explore the radical influences Obama that shaped Obama's youth and the radical associations he brought with him to the Whitehouse. This is very valuable information, especially the exposure of the vast influence of George Soros, and I wish it had been more explicitly stated during his run for office. But everyone was so busy painting him as a moderate they had this stuff under a coat of whitewash.

The next two chapters contrast Obama's image for intelligence, sophistication, and persuasiveness with the reality of his ineptitude, brittleness, crassness, divisiveness, and penchant for force against political opponents and appeasement for our nation's enemies. He would rather bow to foreign leaders than reach across the aisle and compromise his radical agenda.

Chapter 5 explains why using the military as a social experiment in trying to normalize societal attitudes towards homosexuality is dangerous to our security.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By 1GOPkid on September 9, 2010
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Mr. Patterson's latest book did not disappoint! America really did NOT know for whom they were voting for in 2008 when they chose to elect Barack Obama as commander in chief. Buzz does a great job of describing Barack's (Barry) upbringing. His whole life his Atheist and Multicultural avowed Communist mother raised him as a victim of an "oppressor". Even when shipped to his maternal grandparents in Honolulu, Barry still went to Sunday school at Church's that were sympathetic to Vietnam War draft dodgers, Marxists and Communists. Moreover, his guardians went out of their way to introduce Barry to like-minded adults as mentors.

Barack Obama had NEVER been in an environment where America's exceptionalism was appreciated. He went from Community Organizer to Ivy League all the while spending time with Radical Leftist organizations, and "palling around with Terrorists". Mr. Patterson's presents this idea very well when speaking about Pres. Obama's views of gays in the military. Like his Democrat predecessors, Pres. Obama views the military as a government bureaucracy perfect for social engineering and experimentation in Leftist causes. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be repealed as a way to 'emasculate' the military, just as he has emasculated the CIA, amongst other organizations. Moreover, chopping the military budget to pre-9/11 days is just more of an example of his discomfort with all things military, and his increasingly unease being around strong men and anything masculine!
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on September 6, 2010
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Buzz Patterson's 'Conduct Unbecoming' is a clear and concise critique' of our 44th President's efforts to lead us away from what works, what has kept us safe and what makes us a superpower. From a vantage point that few have, Patterson cites point after point where Barack Obama is methodically disassembling our military's anti-terror machine and is returning it to 'the 1990s mindset and failed anti-terrorism policies of the Clinton administration'. To give us a complete picture, the book details Obama's principal influences and helps us to understand why, not surprisingly, he's doing as he is.

In 'Dereliction of Duty' we could only (after the fact) shake our heads in disbelief at the misconduct of the Commander in Chief. But in 'Conduct Unbecoming', Patterson supplies us with real-time information that we can use to effectively win over the non-believer. The book has terrific timelines of both the terror war and 44's missteps.

If you're a concerned American that wants our country back on the right path and you'd like to be armed with the facts - this book is a must read. Thanks Buzz!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. Jackson on September 6, 2010
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While little in this book will be a surprise to those who have been tuned in to the news over the past three years, Conduct Unbecoming will certainly act as the helpful condensed version that will remind people of stories long forgotten by the Jurassic Press. Everything from seemingly innocent statements of Bill Ayers being "a professor who was just a guy in my neighborhood" and that Obama had not heard those crazy things from Reverend Wright. Patterson takes a thorough and very in depth look at both the campaign and the administration to date not just with the authority of an avid news watcher and researcher, but as someone who has worked in the White House. Buzz carried the nuclear football for President Clinton and saw firsthand the behind the scenes dealings of the inner circles of the White House and how these times were then reported in the news cycles. While some liberals will try to discredit this book or shrug it off because of a dislike of the title or a negative insinuation, the sources listed will lend the credibility to fact over feeling. However, for the open minded liberal or conservative, this book will be a great refresher read and the sources will verify that Patterson once again has provided insight that he and very few others are capable of providing.

One great addition to this book is a lengthy explanation that the majority of the Jurassic Press are far too afraid to cover, in fear of being labeled Islamophobic, racist or otherwise intolerant. In an appendix, Patterson provides a very thorough timeline of "The Long War", listing events that you are sure to remember and a great many more that will have slipped your mind due to time passed. This listing provides to the other part of Patterson's extensive background: National Security.
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