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Another Self-Help Book for Uncle Sam
on January 1, 2018
This book by Richard Clarke, former counter-terrorism chief in the Bush 43 White House, is a well-documented, well-researched and well-stated case about why the US government failed to protect us on September 11th, 2001 and why our government and it's Homeland Security policy and anti-terrorism policy needs to evolve. Clarke wrote that infamous book "Against All Enemies", which detailed both the 9-11 attack and the ignorance of the US government leading up to it. In "Your Government Failed You", Clarke unabashedly and characteristically details why 9-11 attacks and other terrorist attacks were preventable, but weren't stopped by our government. He lays out a detailed synopsis at the end of why our government must change it's policies towards terrorism and homeland security if terrorists are to be defeated. All in all, and entertaining book, but about 2/3rds of the way in, stalls in mind-numbing detail regarding politics and government bureaucracy. In these chapters, he includes national disasters that US government didn't respond to well, such as Hurricane Katrina. At the end, he makes recommendations for breaking the cycle of national security disasters and natural disaster response by Washington, and is not so much finger-pointing as constructive criticism. Recommended if interested in national security policy and government response to terrorism and national disasters.