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Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta (Nation Books) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 16, 2002
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Interestingly, this book emphasizes something I had not considered that bears emphasis: although there were numerous intelligence failures in detail, Vidal suggests that the Director of Central Intelligence is correct when he claims that 9-11 was not (at root) an intelligence failure--but then leaves unsaid what Vidal says explicitly: it was a policy failure in that Bush-Cheney decided not to alarm the people and not to share the warning information, in part to avoid turbulence and in part because such an attack would be welcome--as Pearl Harbor was welcome--as a means to remilitarize foreign policy.
Indeed, Vidal focuses relentless on the fact that all of the terrorist planes were allowed to run their course, without being intercepted and shot down by any of the military aircraft in the area. Although it would have taken a "strip alert" aircraft to be really effective, and it may not have been possible to load and launch aircraft on standby status in a hanger, it does appear that both the civilian and military chains of command avoided any active efforts to stop the airplanes from hitting their intended targets.
There are some extraordinary truths in this book that bear public discussion during the forthcoming Presidential campaign.Read more ›
What I didn't expect in this collection of essays was Vidal's stunning, but intuitively obvious expose of the apparent decision to allow the attacks of September 11. While most complacent, sheep-like Americans will dismiss this as more "radical left conspiracy theory blather", how else can one explain that fact that 4 commercial aircraft were hijacked simultaneously, lost control with air traffic controllers for one half hour and allowed to attack the nation's largest city, and its capital, also simultaneously, without any response from the most powerful military on the planet? To assume Vidal is incorrect would assume that the entire eastern seaboard remained entirely vulnerable to attack prior to September 11. This is hardly likely, and Vidal points out the incentives and historical precedents. That his assertions aren't far fetched is being supported by the Bush Administration's ongoing stonewalling of investigations of the events of September 11.
A few of the essays are revelatory, and have insight and bite. Others are mired in Vidal's pedantic rehashing of WWII, and memories of a fictional, idealistic republic, which he is clearly reflecting upon with rose colored glasses. While America's imperialism and quest for empire have been bold and unattractive for the past 110 years, our history under the "republic" was hardly unblemished with its legacy of slavery, racism, disenfranchisement of women, and extermination of native Americans.Read more ›
_Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta_ is a bold and maginficent look at the Bushian chronicles leading up to 9/11, and the consequences thereafter. Two things that are important to dwell on: Both the attack on Afghanistan and the Patriot Act were well entrenched and ready to go before 9/11 ever came about. 9/11 was merely an open door to the growth of State meddling in the lives of U.S. citizens.
Vidal looks at all the "interests" that are served by Bushian Imperial ambitions. As Vidal says, Osama is merely a poster boy for greater U.S. interestes, that being Empire, oil, and the corporatist State. Gore gives us decades worth of examples on how the U.S has come to this position.
Perhaps the one thing that is missing is an in-depth analysis of why the State loved that 9/11 happened, and how it keeps that from the American people while shedding its false tears of sorrow, and suckering folks into buying the State moral code concerning the tragedies.
Vidal's essays are compelling, truthful, and unapologetic. A fantastic read.
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So many thinking people outside the USA, and I daresay many therein also, believe that the Bush/Cheyney/Rumsfield conspiracy has dome more damage to the good name of the USA than... Read morePublished 1 month ago by peter Murray
Vidal' s clarification of political events is informative and enlightening because it is given without political bias. Read morePublished 13 months ago by wordster
This is a must read book for all Americans with an attention span longer than their shoe
Gore Vidal as given us a refreshingly honest and incisive volume critical... Read more
When I was in my prime back in the 60's and 70's, I saw Mr. Vidal expressing his opinions on very talk show in the country. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Murray Lamar Mayfield, Jr.
This book is basically a collection of articles written by Gore Vidal.
It ends with the transcript of an interview of Mr. Vidal by Marc Cooper. Read more
I thought this book brought to light some interesting points. I enjoy reading Gore Vidal's books because he looks at things differently. Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Julian Stahl
Mr. Vidal, well known and much despised by many on the right, makes the case of "conspiracy" within the present Bush administration. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Richard E. Noble
Boilerplate rhetoric about how the US is the global policeman and no longer a republic but an empire. We've heard it all before...yawn...
And I even agree!