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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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From Publishers Weekly
"Hang onto your ball caps and hairpieces, this is going to be monkey-butt ugly." Indeed. Delivering an account of the U.S.'s failures in combatting terror, Hunt, a Fox TV News military analyst and retired army colonel, depicts a world of gutless politicians, bungling bureaucrats, deceitful allies and bleeding-heart liberals. His solution is to expand the armed forces and vastly contract bureaucracy, especially the many intelligence agencies, which he proposes be combined into one central bureau with a single, long-term director who is exempt from testifying before congressional committees. Hunt hates congressional committees and admires elite military teams like the SEALs and Delta Force; he wants them turned loose. Merged into the "TKA" (Terrorist Killing Agency), they would receive intelligence from the now competent intelligence bureau, proceed to wherever terrorists operate and (with or without the host country's permission) kill them. The author considers Israel an ideal model; its forces, he says, respond viciously to every attack. Legal niceties and public relations take a back seat. Assassination teams travel the world to murder Israel's enemies. (Thoughtful readers may wonder why, after decades of slugging it out, Israel remains wracked with terrorism.) No group escapes the author's venom—or his praise. (On sale Apr. 12) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“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
Top Customer Reviews
It is about time a book like this has come along. David Hunt is stark and no nonsense in his presentation of the dangers America is now facing. His presentation is frank not hysterical and comes complete with numerous documents published for the first time to back up his contentions.
Hunt himself has the credentials to speak to these issues and is no lightweight. A senior research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard he is recognized expert in the field of terrorism as well as being a military veteran of many years.
Be you a hawk a dove or somewhere in the middle this portion of the book alone makes the book a must read for everyone today.
But I will go further to say that although Col. Hunt is hawkish (a better word for the times in which we live might be pragmatic) I think all of the main ideas he presents here, our complacency, the weakness of our leaders, our willingness to please the rest of the world to the point of our own determent (in a world where the consequences could be unimaginable) and having bureaucracy in this country that borders on the Byzantine are all problems every reader, be they hawk or dove, should consider.
Col. Hunt not only points out the mistakes we are making in the war on terror and our foreign policy but has some solutions. And in that way this is not really a "gloom and doom" book but something which is hopeful. Further he offers practical advice on how to protect one's own family. Whether you agree with his solutions or not this is a book that must be examined and discussed.
Apathy amongst the media, politicians, and the electorate is very dangerous because the bad guys are still out there and still trying their level best to do us in. Regardless, in the four years since 9/11 apathy has taken hold nearly everywhere. Fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan just don't seem real; terrorist actions in foreign countries (e.g., Bali nightclub bombing, Spanish train bombing) don't feel like a clear and present danger here.
Bureaucracy and status quo mentality have combined with this lack of urgency to stall essential change. For example, the Director of National Intelligence has neither the budgetary control nor the hire/fire authority to really control the various agencies that report to him. Intelligence officials spend too much time in congressional committees and not enough finding and fighting our enemies. The White House staff numbers in the thousands today while back in the Kennedy Administration it was less than a hundred...
Political will not only addresses the ability to make needed change but also the willingness to take action at all. For example, even though the pre-Iraq war WMD intelligence was totally inaccurate, no one was fired and essential organizational/cultural change has still not been made. The FBI's $100M computing sinkhole not only led to no working system but also no firings for those whose job it was to implement the project. And, we are, in Hunt's words, "still sleeping with the enemy.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colonel Hunt is a man who knows what's going on. Great book if you think you know it all!Published 16 months ago by Jeanette A. Storaska
Col. Hunt writes a blunt and hard hitting assessment of the war on terror as of 2005 when his book was published. Amazingly,
this book is still relevant today. Read more
I found this book to bring out all the short comings that exist in our America and Washington DC.
The Col. knows how the war on terrorism has to, and needs to be fought. Read more
I ordered this some time ago and just got around to reviewing it but if you want to get really mad at what goes on, just read it.Published on February 14, 2014 by Donna Leonard
David Hunt is a no nonsense military man who I personally wish were in charge of our war on terror.Published on February 8, 2009 by Henry Wolford
I like the Hunt and what he has to say. But then one night listening to him on the jerry doyle show the hunt say that Fox new was the only station talking about terrorism. Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by Jimmy
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. Read morePublished on September 5, 2007 by Terry R. Nye
Of the 30 books I've read over the last year, this is the worst. If I were to equate this with anything written in the last 5 years it would be the last book by Ann Colter. Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by Prentice B. Adler