- Hardcover: 317 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 2003. Corr. 4th Printing ed. edition (August 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895260743
- ISBN-13: 978-0895260741
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
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...Losing bin Laden is an insightful and invaluable read. This is the Clinton administration I knew and lived. -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert
...a valuable history that should serve as a training manual in how not to run a foreign policy. -- Caspar Weinberger, Washington Times, September 2, 2003
...based on direct, on-the-record quotes from participants.... Miniter has written a bitter indictment of the American president. -- Robert D. Novak, The Washington Post, September 1, 2003
I am so happy to finally see this book by Richard Miniter titled, "Losing Bin Laden." -- Rush Limbaugh, September 2, 2003
I am so happy to finally see this book by Richard Miniter titled, "Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures -- Rush Limbaugh, September 2, 2003
Losing bin Laden is an insightful and invaluable read. This is the Clinton administration I knew and lived. -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert
The author tapped an extraordinary array of sources.... This book delivers a devastating blow to the former President's reputation. -- Steve Forbes, Forbes, September 15, 2003
based on direct, on-the-record quotes from participants.... Miniter has written a bitter indictment of the American president. -- Robert D. Novak, The Washington Post, September 1, 2003
remarkably well-researched.... "Losing bin Laden" is a valuable history that should serve as a training manual in how not -- Caspar Weinberger, Washington Times, September 2, 2003
From the Inside Flap
Years before the public knew about bin Laden, Bill Clinton did. Bin Laden first attacked Americans during Clinton's presidential transition in December 1992. He struck again at the World Trade Center in February 1993. Over the next eight years the arch-terrorist's attacks would escalate, killing hundreds and wounding thousands--while Clinton did his best to stymie the FBI and CIA, and refused to wage a real war on terror.
The answer is here in investigative reporter Richard Miniter's stunning exposé that includes exclusive interviews with both of Clinton's National Security Advisors, Clinton's counterterrorism czar, his first Director of Central Intelligence, his Secretary of State, top CIA and FBI agents, lawmakers from both parties and foreign intelligence officials from France, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as on-the-scene coverage from Sudan, Egypt, and elsewhere.
In Losing bin Laden you'll learn:
1)The never-before-told story of the Saudi government attempt to assasinate bin Laden 2)Why Bill Clinton refused to meet with his first Director of Central Intelligence 3)Drawn from secret Sudanese intelligence files, the never-before-told story of bin Laden's role in shooting down America's Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia--and how Clinton manipulated the news media to keep the worst off America's TV screens 4)How Clinton ignored intelligence and offers of cooperation against bin Laden from several Muslim countries 5)The 1993 World Trade Center attack--why Clinton refused to believe it had been bombed; why the CIA was kept out of the investigation; and how one of the FBI's most trusted informants was actually a double agent working for bin Laden 6)Why the CIA never funded bin Laden--despite the liberal myths 7)The untold story of a respected congressman who repeatedly warned Clinton officials about bin Laden in 1993--and why he was ignored 8)Revealed for the first time: how Clinton and a democratic senator stopped the CIA from hiring Arabic translators--while phone intercepts from bin Laden remained untranslated 9)How the Predator spy plane--which spotted bin Laden three times--was grounded by bureaucratic infighting 10)Plus much more, including appendices of secret documents and photos, as well as the established links between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's Iraq
Losing bin Laden is a dramatic, page-turning read, a riveting account of a terror war that bin Laden openly declared, but that Clinton left largely unfought. With a pounding narrative, upclose characters, and detailed scenes, it takes you inside the Oval Office, the White House Situation Room, and some of the deadliest terrorist cells that America has ever faced. If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001 might never have happened.
Losing bin Laden is a story--and one hell of a lesson--that the reader will never forget.
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The problem is not just Bill Clinton but the rather the team he brought and the culture he initiated in DC. As the author documents, there were multiple opportunites to get inside the 9-11 plot and Bin Laden , but many were overlooked, killed by the Justice Dept under Reno's dictatorship or stalled.
The State Department's opposition to adequate support for the troops in Somalia lead to the disaster. For those who believe the presence of the requested AC-130 gunships would not have altered the battle they might look to see who won the Collier trophy last year - the crew of one gunship which fought off a large force of Taliban/Bin Landen troops to save vastly outnumbered special forces in Afganistan.
Those who doubt the author's conclusions might also look to the written comments of Dick Morris in his columns or Dereliction of Duty which also documents Clinton's lack of focus.
There is also the written documentation from the FBI offices asking only that HQ allow them to follow up on leads and offering the comment that someone will die if they are ignored. The chokepoint was not in the field offices of the CIA/FBI/DOD but rather in DC where Clinton's people ruled.
Finally, in the organized group of negative posters there is a fixation on holding Reagan/Bush responsible for Bin Laden. If this is so ( in the beginning) then they need to give Reagan/ bush credit for the defeat of the Soviet Army in Afganistan, something they have been very reluctant to do. It was this defeat which played a major role in convincing the world that the often proclaimed manifest destiny of Communism was a hollow promise/threat. Furthermore, it ignores the reality that leaders of countries and movements change. Many in the State Department supported Mao but none have stepped forward to accept responsibility for the 30 million or so innocent citizens who died at his hand.
In summary - a very readable book which will help to understand many of the pieces of the puzzle as they unfold.
Most of the one and two star reviews start off with the premise that the author or publisher is only interested in trashing the Clinton legacy. It is painfully obvious that most of these posters have NOT read the book.
The book is better in providing insights in linking the terror campaign of the 1990s to events in the Clinton White House and Clinton's own political objectives at any given time. I think Miniter accurately concludes that the Clinton administration was not serious about this threat and lacked the will and talents needed to prosecute the war effectively.
As an aside, one reason I bought the book was the Annex summarizing the evident of coordination between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Oddly enough, Miniter has done a better job in some of his newspaper pieces summarizing this evidence than what is found in this book, which is far from comprehensive.
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