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They Just Don't Get It: How Washington Is Still Compromising Your Safety--and What You Can Do About It Paperback – April 25, 2006

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400097428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If President Bush is really serious about winning the War on Terror, he needs to read They Just Don’t Get It immediately. And you do too.” —Bill O'Reilly

“Exposes politicians and bureaucrats as sabotaging the war on terror and putting Americans at risk.” —Washington Times

“Colonel David Hunt knows the facts and always shoots straight. In They Just Don’t Get It, he shows how bureaucrats and politicians don’t fully grasp the dangers we face in the War on Terror. Hunt reveals that the threats we face are frightening, but he also presents a prescription for fixing the problems.” —Bill Gertz, Washington Times reporter, bestselling author of Treachery and Breakdown

“This is a book that pantywaist politicians, weak-kneed bureaucrats, and politically correct Pentagon brass will run from—because it’s right on! Dave Hunt tells it like it is, and America should listen. We’re at war. We should plan on winning. But to do so will require changes in the way Washington, the government, and the military do business. Hunt lays it all out in a book that’s damned hard to put down once you start it!” —Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cowan (USMC, Ret.), Fox News military analyst

About the Author

Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a designated terrorism expert in federal court and a military analyst for the Fox News Channel. A former senior research fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he lives in Maine.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on September 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Col. David Hunt has written a superb plan for fighting the war on terror. It is bold, decisive, and politically incorrect. It is also far better than what we are doing or anyone else is talking about.

The author traces the history of terrorism from the 1972 Munich Olympics through 9/11 and beyond. He shows how our leaders have been ineffective in responding. He is not partisan. He reviews botches by Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush.

He also critiques many problems with our current approach to dealing with terrorists. Some of those include the following: Failing to use the best troops (special ops.) effectively and fully, allowing Pakistan to harbor bin Laden, failing to secure the Iraqi borders allowing the Syrians and Iranians to continue to supply terrorists, continuing to be cozy with the Saudis in spite of their financing of terror, having too much bureaucracy interfering with decision making, and many more.

Along with the problems, the author also presents numerous solutions. Some of those are politically incorrect; Some may seem outrageous. Most are worthwhile and should be pondered and discussed. Some of his ideas (including some highly controversial ones) are as follows: a total reorganization of intelligence with unity of command, de-bureaucratizing the defense and intelligence arenas, creation of a 'Terrorist Killing Agency', mandatory national service (not necessarily military) as a way to overcome personnel shortages, and the elimination of the ill conceived and nonsensical color coding system that the Homeland Security Dept. created. There are many more as well.

While I certainly don't agree with all of his ideas, I do think that every American elected official and voter should read this book. Its ideas should be debated and considered. If several of these were implemented, we would all be much safer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Cappetta on August 26, 2006
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In his mundane, conversational style, Colonel Hunt cites many of the terrorist attacks which have killed innocent citizens, profiles the killers responsible for these atrocities and offers political as well as logistical solutions to combat terrorists in this insurgent style of war.

Detractors will hurl insults at the messenger and his message to complicate his clearly stated, basic premise: This is not a traditional war. We must retaliate against these killers using our special forces, trained to defeat terrorist aggression without bureaucratic interference from politicians and the military hierarchy.

This book is must read for all who understandably feel confused by the doublespeak of our politicians, military leaders and journalists.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on August 13, 2006
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I'm reviewing the 2006 paperback edition of this book, and it has an extra dozen pages of material. If you want to get this book, I recommend the paperback edition.

I think all of us ought to read this book. It has some practical advice for how to deal with those who are at war with us. I don't agree with everything David Hunt says here, but it is all sincere and straightforward.

The author, a retired U.S. army colonel, shows us how badly the war on terrorism has been going. And he starts with the bungled efforts to save the hostages during the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, followed by the absurd release of the three captured terrorists. This failure to deal with murderers has become part of a pattern that we all need to do something about.

After reading this book, it dawned on me that the first hint I had that terrorists were simply going to start getting away with murder systematically was in 1974, when Arafat, a horrible thug, was allowed to address the United Nations. Arafat was not arrested, put on trial, and executed. Instead, he was applauded at the UN! And after some thought, I realized that this was more than a blunder. It was a blow to human civilization. Yes, it was a minor blow. But the precedent was scary. And given what happened, I had to hold all of human society at least partially responsible for this outrage.

Hunt explains part of the reason why nobody killed Arafat decades ago. It turns out that in a very serious sense, "the United States does not want Israel to defeat its enemies." There really is a "small but powerful" lobby inside the United States State Department that wrongly regards Israel as the major problem in the region.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry R. Nye VINE VOICE on September 5, 2007
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Col. David Hunt's book is a good read. He is not the most polished writer around -- the book is written more like an extended conversation -- but he gets his points across. The book tends to get redundant at times, but it remains an interesting book to read which one can easily complete in one evening or two. If even a small fraction of what Hunt alledges is true, Americans should be very concerned about our safety and the glaring lack of leadership in our country.
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