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Treachery: How America's Friends and Foes Are Secretly Arming Our Enemies Hardcover – September 7, 2004
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“A blockbuster book. . . Just astounding.” —Rush Limbaugh
“Explosive . . . A methodical, well-thought-out, easy-to-read book . . . that will shock the average American.” —Sean Hannity
“If you read this stuff, it makes your blood boil.” —Jim Cramer, cohost of CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer
“An explosive new book.” —New York Post
“Gertz uses a variety of unimpeachable sources to . . . [make] a damning case against our longtime ‘allies and friends’ in Paris and Berlin.” —Washington Times
“Treachery is the apt title of a new book infuriating to read. . . . For years [Gertz] has bulldogged a story that ‘mainstream’ media strangely soft-pedal. And he won’t let go. His sources are the best.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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In his explosive new book, New York Times bestselling author Bill Gertz uncovers the most significant threat to U.S. national security today: America's enemies—including radical terrorist groups—are arming themselves with the world's most dangerous weapons. And they're doing it with the help of America's supposed allies. Worst of all, the U.S. has let it all happen.
Using his unparalleled access to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities, Gertz names names, revealing which of our "friends" have placed greed over principle to make America's enemies far more deadly and the world a far more dangerous place. In Treachery, Gertz tells the whole story, complete with previously unpublished classified intelligence documents, and based on dozens of exclusive interviews with senior U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
In shocking detail, Treachery exposes:
•How Iraqi insurgents are killing U.S. soldiers with weapons that France, Germany, and Russia sold them
•How the French and German governments turn a blind eye to arms sales to rogue regimes and terrorist states like Iran, Syria, and North Korea
•How intelligence reports show that China supplied arms to al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America
•The real story of why Libya dismantled its nuclear program—how U.S. intelligence caught the Libyans red-handed trying to smuggle in nuclear weapons technology
•How Pakistan's nuclear proliferation network is even more extensive than has been reported
•The CIA report revealing that al Qaeda is pursuing—and may already have—nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons
•The classified intelligence showing that Russia and France were cooperating with Saddam Hussein even after the 2003 Iraq war broke out
•The full story of how Saddam exploited the United Nations "oil for food" program, not only to line his own pockets but also to rebuild Iraq's weapons and missile programs
•How U.S. security lapses have enabled our enemies to target Americans using our own weapons technology secrets
Only Bill Gertz has the contacts and the knowledge to tell the complete story of how France, Germany, Russia, China, and other countries have armed our enemies to the teeth. Treachery is also the definitive account of what the U.S. government is doing to counter the threat—and of how our leaders have too often failed us.
"Gertz is legendary among national security reporters for the quality of his sources...He is the envy of his competitors."—Washington Monthly
"Treachery, with its reams of classified and other inside information, reveals how our nation's enemies obtain weapons from China, Russia, France, Germany, and other supposed friends. The book is must-reading if you want to know the confidential story of the growing danger of global arms proliferation."—Rowan Scarborough, Pentagon reporter,
Washington Times, and bestselling author of Rumsfeld's War
"Two big factors will determine America's national security over the next twenty years. The first is the capability of our military systems as determined by the health of our defense industrial base. And, second, the extent to which our adversaries are able to buy or steal advanced military technology from the U.S. and our allies. Bill Gertz focuses superbly on the hemorrhaging of critical military technology to our enemies. Treachery should be read by all our policymakers."—Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
"Bill Gertz has written a bone-chilling exposé about what has been done behind our backs. Can we ever be safe? You must read this."—Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
"Bill Gertz gets it! Treachery brilliantly exposes our allies who have become our enemies in the War on Terror just because the U.N., France, Germany, and Russia looked at Iraq and other rogue states as trading partners rather than enablers of terrorism. This is a major piece of work in the War on Terror."—Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney, USAF (Ret.), bestselling author of Endgame
"[Gertz] has access to more intelligence information than anyone I know."—Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen
"The hottest reporter in town...He breaks dozens of big stories every year, and he's read carefully by people who follow national security issues."—Washington Post
"Bill Gertz remains a national asset."—Weekly Standard
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"The transfer of dangerous weapons and related technology is the most significant threat to U.S. national security for the foreseeable future," states Gertz. But as Gertz documents, the "Axis of Evil" (Iraq, Iran and North Korea) have mightily benefited by the sales and transfer of weapons material and intelligence. This is an alarming development. Companies in nations we are allied with have endangered the U.S. and the rest of the world by giving weapons and information to dangerous, terrorist states. The motive seems to be sales profits. Unfortunately, as the sources cited in the book make clear, these friends of ours made little or no effort to prevent such transfers. In too many cases it appears that those respective governments were complicit in the transfers.
Nations like Syria, Lebanon and Pakistan have also benefited from weapons sales and transfers from France, Germany, Russia and China. Gertz goes so far as to describe Lybia and Syria as "The New Axis of Evil." He devotes a whole chapter in discussing the recent activities of these two nations, solidly supporting his conclusion.
As Gertz notes, a vast number of these transfers, by our friends and foes alike, were in direct violation of international treaties and agreements. Indeed, he even has a chapter on the failures of the U.N. and IAEA to tackle this serious problem. In some cases, rogue nations have used the international agencies and programs to further their own WMD programs.
His book finishes with some conclusions and suggestions on how we can get even tougher in confronting the problem of WMD proliferation and military technology transfers. He recommends, among other things, the expanded use of covert action forces that can rapidly deploy and deal with actionable intelligence. Gertz also provides some positive analysis of a memorandum by Michael Pillsbury, which focuses upon new strategies for dealing with these matters.
Gertz has conducted numerous interviews with top American defense and intelligence officials, including Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld. He has also had access to many classified documents and reports, supplementing much publicly available information that is all but ignored by Old Media. As a result, his book is well researched, solidly supported, highly informative, and extremely timely.
I personally have no petty for such imperial competition. What is more alarming, however, is the proliferation of WMDs throughout the world (not Iraq) and the ongoing arming of rogue states as well as terrorist gangs thanks to the conflicting agenda of imperial states such as France, Russia and the US. What these nations should be doing, instead, is coordinating their efforts to make the world a safer place and - even while they maintain their conflict of interests - understand that arms are no toys and that there could be no settlement of imperial scores by letting gangs roam the world killing civilians.
Gertz, for his part, take Russia and France's activity as a personal offense, from an American perspective, instead of depicting it as an offense against humanity altogether. Such nationalist rhetoric never helps making the world a safer place but rather increases animosity among nations and widens the gaps in their opposing alignments.
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