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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reviewing the reviewers, November 2, 2004
This review is from: Shadow War: The Untold Story of How Bush Is Winning the War on Terror (Hardcover)
Today is Nov.2, so perhaps a measure of this hyper-partisanship will burn off as the vote count trickles in, but I doubt it. I know that bare-knuckles political infighting means that we still have a vibrant democracy here, unlike the caustic conformity that infects Belgium, where I spend a chunk of time, but I do wish people would at least be fairminded and evaluate things carefully before jumping to conclusions.

As the author of "Shadow War," let me say a few things to the one-star reviewers:

1) Authors do not pick titles, substitles, or cover designs. Publishers and marketers do. So judging a book or its author by book's cover or title or publishing house is a fool's game. Read a few pages in chapter one, at least, and then make up your mind. If you're feeling brave, actually read the book.

2) I am not a registered Republican. I have never voted for a Republican for president. For those of you who think I am some kind of Bush shill, sorry, you're wrong. During the 2000 primaries, I even wrote articles for the New Hampshire and Iowa papers trying to educate voters about his Texas record of puny tax cuts and giant spending binges as governor. I predicted that he would do the same as president--and I was right.

3) So why do I think Bush is winning the war on terror? Because I travelled to the front lines of the war on terror--including Iraq, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Israel, Sudan, Egypt--and interviewed non-American intelligence and military officials as well as their European and American counterparts. More than 3000 al Qaeda have been captured or killed since 9-11 in 102 countries. The war is a lot bigger than Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to find out, read the book.

In Shadow War, I give very specific information with footnotes, named sources, and even reprint intelligence documents in the appendix.
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