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The Failure Factory: How Unelected Bureaucrats, Liberal Democrats, and Big Government Republicans Are Undermining America's Security and Leading Us to War [Kindle Edition]

Bill Gertz
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The U.S. government is in crisis.

With America’s attention fixated on who will step into the Oval Office in 2009, no one has noticed where the real power has shifted—to a vast network of unelected officials whose authority has grown wildly out of control. In his latest blockbuster book, acclaimed defense and national security reporter Bill Gertz exposes these astonishingly powerful leaders and their enablers in the political class—and their devastating impact on America's national security.

Gertz shows how entrenched liberal activists have become dominant even under an ostensibly conservative administration. And he names names of those who actively subvert official U.S. policy—including not only liberal Democrats but also a number of so-called Republicans who have joined this insidious “Blame America First” crowd.

The Failure Factory reveals:

• The shocking, previously untold story of the partisan bureaucrats who completely undercut the U.S. position on Iran’s radical Islamist regime
• Barack Obama’s disastrous national security policies—and his stable of advisers who have already put America at risk
• The recent showdown in the Pentagon that laid bare the U.S. government’s ongoing failures to tackle the threat of Islamist extremism
• Flagrant cases of sabotage by top State Department officials that have emboldened dangerous states like Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Communist China
• Stunning new intelligence failures—including one that may have allowed a terrorist group to penetrate the FBI and CIA
• How even the Bush White House was overrun with Democrats and liberal Republicans
• The legions of “Clinton generals”—top military brass whose careers blossomed during the Clinton administration—who make the United States more vulnerable
• How Democrats are exploiting the antiwar movement for political gain, with little regard for the potentially devastating consequences
• How the defense secretary’s public defiance of official U.S. policy could have gotten him fired—but instead went unchallenged

Based on scores of exclusive interviews and displaying the groundbreaking reporting that has made Bill Gertz’s previous books smash bestsellers, The Failure Factory offers a chilling look at the threats to our national security that exist within our own government.

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Bill Gertz

“Gertz is legendary among national security reporters. . . . He is the envy of his competitors.”
Washington Monthly

“Bill Gertz remains a national asset. And as he shines his light in unwelcome places, he remains as well an agenda setter.”
Weekly Standard

“The hottest reporter in town . . . [Gertz] breaks dozens of stories every year.”
Washington Post

Praise for Gertz’s latest New York Times Bestseller, Enemies

“This book is chilling. . . . I’m afraid of the impact it’s going to have, because it’s so shocking.”
—Rush Limbaugh

“A new blockbuster book.”
—The Drudge Report

“Bill Gertz is sui generis among Washington reporters. . . . Even someone who is reflexively friendly towards intelligence and law enforcement agencies must feel appalled at Mr. Gertz’s account of sweeping incompetence.”
Washington Times

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

BILL GERTZ, the acclaimed defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Enemies, Treachery, Breakdown, and Betrayal. He is an analyst for Fox News and has appeared on many television and radio programs, including This Week, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. Gertz lives in Maryland.

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  • File Size: 1362 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; 1 edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GJ2QEM
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, yet highly informative November 4, 2008
This book makes me sick to my stomach and extremely fearful for our national security. Slimeballs from each party have infiltrated our security and military administration and are working to defeat our country from the inside. It's a hard subject to stomach but more people need to know about what's going on.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more truth tellers like Bill Gertz January 2, 2009
Unfortunately, Bill Gertz is not the household name he deserves to be. In the media it seems, only the propensity to lie and hew to a left-wing line brings widespread fame and fortune. Think Dan Rather, for example.

Instead, a conservative interested in the truth like Bill Gertz has to be content with a much smaller measure of fame - but he is entitled to a full measure of our respect for telling the truths the left-wing media won't allow on their pages or on their airwaves.

Here Gertz tells the story - which any intelligent American concerned with destiny of their nation can sense and see - of unelected bureaucrats who have for all intents and purposes become the government themselves.

For those who didn't pick up the bits and pieces as the stories emerged, Gertz lays them out in detail here.

For example, the absolute travesty of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that irreparably damaged the United States in its efforts to force Iran to end its nuclear weaponry program. The NIE was under the control of Thomas Fingar, a left-wing intelligence analyst at the State Department. Gertz's examination of this tragedy - and that is not too strong a term for it - is very complete and should make your blood boil if you are a real American.

That we had a President and Secretary of State who would permit this to happen and go both uncorrected and unpunished is deplorable.

Worse, President Bush allowed his Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, to publicly contradict him on a policy issue. While the incident demonstrated the weakness of Bush, it also demonstrated the power of the careerists in our national government.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Failure Factory November 25, 2008
Outstanding Book Everyone needs to read
Give a great review of what is happening in our government,
that the everyday press is not looking into. It shows
how govenment employees can change what is not the
President wishes. Great Book
Great Author
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50 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag October 27, 2008
This book is probably the first of many to come. The book repeats the Hillary claim in reverse. That claim is that a secret conspiracy is the reason for inefficiencies or incompetence. However in the case of this book the finger points the other way. The book goes to great extent showing how Bush's failures weren't his fault, it was the great liberal conspiracy hiding in the civil service did him in. No attention is given to the bad decisions that have come out of the White House. However the author does mention names. He should get credit for backing up his accusations. However he goes overboard. His words are very laced with partisan rhetoric. I am sure there will be other books coming out from Administration folks saying much the same thing Gertz is saying, it is the other guy's fault we shot ourselves in the leg.

The book isn't a total failure. The book is like a collection of his famous columns in the Washington Times. He does draw attention to a few issues that need that attention. They seem to have slipped through the cracks in the media attention. Gertz broke the stories in the 90s about the Chinese influence in the country. He continues that chant in the book. He has a story all should read in the book. Gertz tells the story about Air Force General Butler of Strategic Command who went on a one man war to disarm the US military of nuclear weapons from the inside. More should be told of that disaster. Gertz also shows in very clear detail about how our political correctness is handcuffing the nation and sticking a bag over their head. It really does blind us to what the true harm is out there.

Overall it is a good easy read but lacks real meat about some of the underlying structural problems in our country.
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bureacracy versus Democracy November 16, 2008
I am not an expert on the minute details of foreign policy or national security, so I will take Gert'z word on the events and facts in is book. How we intepret these facts is a different matter. What is interesting here is his complaits about how unelected bureaucrats have subverted US foreign policy. It should not come as too much of a surprise that unelected bureaucrats shape policy to their own ends. High officials do face serious obstacles to achieving their aims through large public bureaucracies, given the size and complexity of these organizations (not to mention the absence of proper accounting). Bureaucrats can exercise considerable discretion, and in so doing undermine official policy. So the idea that state department bureaucrats turned on Bush because of the Iraq war is quite understandable. Gertz is probably right about that.

Gertz often comlains about liberal-minded bureaucrats, but there is a more general problem with bureaucrats of any mindset. The lesson we should learn from this book is that the Federal bureaucracies are too large to be very responsive to voters. The President and Congress cannot keep track of the daily functioning of government, so low level bureaucrats often exercise a surprising amount of discretion. Consequently, elected officials wield less influence that most people think: which means that voting matters less that many people imagine. Of course, voters are not powerless. But most of the voting public has accepted large and uncontrollable bureaucracies. Americans need to wake up to the fact that we cannot have both a free society and a bureaucratically regulated society.

That being said, I would say that the author's arguments need to be tempered with some economics. China is not the economic powerhouse that it is often made out to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Explains our current situation
Hi. This item is okay and I would be willing to buy more in the future if needed. Thumbs Up!
Published 15 months ago by Joshua
1.0 out of 5 stars To Arms! Federal Employees . . . Doing Their Jobs!!!
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Published on July 13, 2012 by Stephen Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars IF BILL GERTZ puts his name to an article or book, then - read it!
FIVE YEARS or so after its first publication, this book remains MUST READING! ** Democrats have a knack for "unconstitutional activity", while wrapping themselves in the American... Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by DAVID PHILLIPS
1.0 out of 5 stars More Misleading Right Wing Hysteria
The author attempts to make the claim that liberals are to blame for every failure of the United States government over the past 30 years. He claims George W. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Andrew Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Failure Factory
Not fun to read, but very enlightning. Everyone who cares about where we are and how we got there concerning our security, should read this.
Published on December 16, 2008 by Charles W. Shull
3.0 out of 5 stars Failure Factory
Failure Factory is a book filled with what I would consider factual information. But then there are the interpretations of those facts. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars the failure factory
this is an outstanding book that should be a must read by all americans, regardless of political posture. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by John E. Schreiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It & Weep
This should be required reading for all you who voted for Obama. It will help you prepare for what's ahead.
Published on December 5, 2008 by L. Cary
5.0 out of 5 stars reality in washington
this book answered a lot of of questions i had re. why things, mostly of foreign policy, didn't get done as i expected them to................... Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by Tom Brett
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love far right talk you will love this book.
After reading it and researching some of his stories I thought Rush had hired him to ghost write it. Easy reading, not much new, or any useful information. Same story line. Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by Ben F. Seagraves
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