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Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters Paperback – Bargain Price, June 30, 2009
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About the Author
Richard A. Clarke has served in the White House for President Reagan, for both presidents Bush, and for President Clinton, who appointed him as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism. He teaches at Harvard Kennedy School, consults for ABC News, and is chairman of Good Harbor Consulting.
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The Iraq War is the first topic reviewed. Clarke believes that the war was a major mistake, is not likely to achieve its purpose, and represents a failure in leadership. Examples of the latter include having insufficient troops, a lack of direction after taking Baghdad, poorly equipped and protected forces, loose control of prisoners, and poor treatment of our wounded after arriving back in the U.S. Clarke believes U.S. generals failed to stand up to poor decision-making by civilians, though also contends that top generals were chose for their compliability and admits that speaking out was a career-limiting move.
The end of the Cold War came as a surprise to American leadership, and is widely viewed as a devastating indictment of U.S. intelligence. Other failures include the CIA telling Truman in 1950 that China would not invade Korea to fight U.S. forces (that assessment was made after advance Chinese units had already entered North Korea), the CIA asserting that Iraq would not invade Kuwait (did so within hours of that forecast), concluding that Iraq did not have significant nuclear weapons development prior to Gulf War I, stating that Russia had not violated the Biological Weapons Convention (later was proved, and they admitted otherwise), mislocating the location of Russian nuclear warheads in East Germany, concluding that Iraq had WMD prior to Gulf War II and was also training al Qaeda, downplaying the likelihood of North Korea invading the South, India's developing nuclear weapons, failing to detect both the Tet Offensive and the fall of the Shah, etc.Read more ›
The title of the book comes from an admission Mr. Clark made before a Congressional committee on the events leading up to 9/11. Clark clearly loves the military personnel he worked with, but is just as clearly not enamored of the brass that made self-serving, political or even cowardly decisions that jeopardized the people under them. The author is equally critical of the politicians he worked with; pointing out various political decisions that did not protect, or serve, the people.
At 450+ pages it won't take you long to get cover to cover- time well spent. This book will make you angry, and you should be.
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An interesting account from a very knowledgeable official and writer. But one might want a deeper understanding about the failure of our basic ideas about these eventsPublished 5 months ago by Robert E Williamson
A little too wordy. Compared to his first book it comes across as too much advice; however, still fascinating.Published 11 months ago by Stan
Rarely do I rate a book this high, but the information Clarke provides should be required reading in high school civics courses and in collegiate management courses. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Miklasevich
Liked certain chapters more than others, the first one was slow and hot headed, but the following were full of facts and insight to the Hill and its influence in the real battles... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jessica Hafey
Very informative and well written. The more I read, the more disgusted I become with Republicans.Published 22 months ago by Phyllis McKee