Dereliction of Duty is not a personal attack on President Clinton or a commentary on his various scandals; rather, it is a "frank indictment of his obviousto an eyewitnessfailure to lead our country with responsibility and honor." Lt. Col. Patterson offers a damning list of anecdotes and charges against the President, including how Clinton lost the nuclear codes and shrugged it off; how he stalled and lost the opportunity to launch a direct strike on Osama bin Laden at a confirmed location; how the President and the First Lady, and much of their staff, consistently treated members of the military with disrespect and disdain; and how Clinton groped a female Air Force enlisted member while aboard Air Force One, among other incidents large and small. A considerable portion of this slim book is devoted to the myriad ways in which President Clinton undermined the military, and hence the security, of the nation. He seriously questions Clinton's decisions to send troops to Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia to accomplish non-military tasks without clear objectives. Having participated in each of these engagements, Lt. Col. Patterson personally "experienced the frustration of needlessly wasted lives, effort, and national prestige" as well as the alarmingly low morale that Clinton inspired.
This is certainly not the first anti-Clinton book, but it is different in that Patterson does not seem to have a political ax to grind. In fact, at times, he appears apologetic about having to write about his ex-commander in chief. Yet, in the end, this retired soldier felt his last act of service should be to share his experience with his country. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Everyone should read it. He made a big mistake in not getting Ben Ladin earlier and was too busy to answer Patterson who held the "football".Published 4 months ago by Lorraine Iversen
Its a great description of the Clinton White House and their feelings towards the military. VERY IMFORMATIVE!Published 5 months ago by Huahintom
I read this book about ten years ago and lost it in a fire. I just had to re-order it as a must have for my collection; anyone without clarity of the POTUS during the nineties... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mhud
Clinton should have been impeached on a number of issues. This book centers on such issues. Both Clintons and their
staff treated the military professional assigned to the... Read more
Great insight into the CLINTON whitehouse. Read this if want some understanding what might occur if new CLINTON gets elected.Published 8 months ago by Dominguez
I found this book compelling and most revealing. Though it was written some years ago, it is eerie how the current administration is repeating so much of what happened in the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Helen A. Turpish
I think Mr. Patterson displays a very accurate, sad but accurate account of what was one of the worst presidents ever. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ChadLeedy
Robert Patterson nailed this one. I think everyone should read this and see where it started. The country's safety and disrespect for office is truly brought to light in this read.Published 10 months ago by B. Merrill