- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Free Press (October 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743270673
- ISBN-13: 978-0743270670
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
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"Domestic spying, demands for political loyalty in the name of national security, investigating a newspaper's sources: With State of War, the Nixonian déjà vu can give a reader whiplash."
-- The Dallas Morning News
"Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. Bush. The quantity, and apparent quality, of the secrets revealed in State of War distinguishes Risen's book from its competitors. What it represents is a profound hemorrhaging of information from within the corridors of secret power in Washington.... Risen becomes the mouthpiece for a U.S. intelligence community anxious to unburden itself of the mistakes and misdeeds of the recent past. He has not one, but many 'Deep Throats.'"
-- Toronto Globe and Mail
"Illuminating and disturbing...a monumental job of reporting."
-- The New York Times
"Explosive.... James Risen may have become the new Woodward and Bernstein.... Fast paced, quite mesmerizing, colorful, and fascinating."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Damning and dismaying...As a national security reporter for the New York Times, Risen has produced some of this era's best journalism on the Central Intelligence Agency and the dysfunctional relationship between the White House and the U.S. spy community.... As one of the Washington press corps' best reporters on national security issues, Risen has a record of being right.... State of War is a welcome reminder that American journalism has a higher purpose than shallow pandering to the lowest pop-cultural denominator. Somewhere, beyond celebrity, there are issues and ideas that matter. James Risen's book is an urgent contribution to the country's common good by a skillful and courageous reporter."
-- Los Angeles Times
About the Author
James Risen covers national security for The New York Times. He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism, and he is the coauthor of Wrath of Angels and The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and three sons.
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In Tom Rick's book.."Fiasco", Bremer's aid was an Army Colonel (06) who had the displeasure of telling the three Iraq generals waiting in Bremer's office their 400,000 trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers were to be disbanded. That same day, the entire Iraq civilian infrastructure was also disbanded. The insurgency commenced that day..
The end result of this horrific decision (emphasis added) was in part the causation of a runaway insurgency in Iraq killing not only several of my friends of some nearly 4500 other men and women of the US military....plus another 30,000 wounded requiring medical attention in country and out.
The CIA "insider" that Risen is now being questioned as to his/her identity indicated in the opening chapter that President Bush did not know nor was told of this decision. Risen's insider indicates the decision-maker was Rumsfelt (and no doubt Cheney). Bush was the Commander In Chief, yet apparently Rumsfelt and Cheney without authority became the de facto Commander in Chief. I only hope these historical facts are validated not only in this book, but by further investigation by Congress.
The families of those lost in Iraq should know the truth as to why Cheney's phrase of "they will greet us with sweets", became more of greeting us with 155 and 105 mm shells concealed as IED's. The families deserve the truth and over time perhaps those directly affected will call out for making history and the ground truth reality.
There should be a Congressional inquiry as to who made this decision..apparently without the knowledge of the Commander in Chief. Not only do we know who was really in charge, but that the war was managed by those who had little or no accountability.
I only hope the faces of those lost in Iraq visit Rumsfelt and Cheney in the darkest hours of the night to remind them of what they did and how those that died suffered..both them and their families.
The book is an excellent read and provides those of us who saw destruction and sacrific and moreover finalizes a question I had for some years.
RH/LTC US Army
This book along with others just proves that the government is one part incompetent and another part sycophantic. The bureaucratic back stabbing and butt kissing is fantastic. And all that is on the lines is the lives of American citizens and all those that get in the way of our bombs. No biggie for the .Gov I guess.
The idea that the government had two debit cards that they could have traced the financing of terror to its source and didn't dumbfounded me. The idea they let Afghanistan fall into a narco state so they didn't have to make a tough decision. Wow.
And we will watch the same nonsense come around again when it come to Iran. You can already hear the drumbeat of war in the distance. And the fact is both Republican and Democrat are going to cheer as more death and destruction rain down on the world.
Incidentally, perhaps the most interesting footnote to this book is the legal case the US government brought against Risen because he refused to disclose his sources for parts of the book. Fortunately, as of Dec. 13, 2014, US Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to subpoena Risen in an effort to force him to reveal the sources for his book, “State of War”. Risen has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source revealing the CIA’s efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Risen was facing the difficult decision between revealing a source or jail time for contempt of court.
In Risen’s last chapter, he writes about “checks and balances” to weaken the Bush Administration's lawless use of warrantless wire taps, unlawful imprisonment, torture, executive orders that circumvented the US Constitution, etc. However, eight years after Risen’s book was published, these so-called “checks and balances” are laughable and absurd! Since “State of War” was published, Edward Snowden has exposed the vast and powerful NSA program that dwarfs anything Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld knew about; the CIA torture report has been released and confirms everything and more that the country thought about CIA torture programs; Osama bin Laden is dead but now ISIS and other home-grown terrorists are on the scene fighting harder than ever and using Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as staging areas; and America “ended” the war in Iraq only to send more troops back in 2014.
Risen’s book has significance and importance as a reporter’s true account of history and an attempt to offer an explanation. But in the final analysis, this so-called “explosive book on the abuse of power of the Bush Administration” was back in 2006 and is now, in 2014, too little, too late.
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