From Publishers WeeklyFrom the first thrilling chapter, which takes readers into the White House center of operations on September 11, through his final negative assessment of George W. Bush’s post-9/11 war on terror, Clarke, the U.S.’s former terrorism czar, offers a complex and illuminating look into the successes and failures of the nation’s security apparatus. He offerFrom Publishers WeeklyFrom the first thrilling chapter, which takes readers into the White House center of operations on September 11, through his final negative assessment of George W. Bush’s post-9/11 war on terror, Clarke, the U.S.’s former terrorism czar, offers a complex and illuminating look into the successes and failures of the nation’s security apparatus. He offers charged (and, one must note, for himself triumphant) insider scenes, such as when he scared the devil out of Clinton’s Cabinet to motivate them to fight terrorism. The media has understandably focused on Clarke’s charge that Bush neglected terrorism before the attacks on New York and Washington; but Clarke also offers a longer perspective on the issue, going back to the first Gulf War (when he was an assistant secretary of state) and makes some stunning revelations. One of the latter is that the U.S. came close to war with Iran over that country’s role in the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996. An important aspect of Clarke’s book is that it is only one man’s account—and an account moreover that casts its author as hero and others (FBI, CIA, the military) as screw-ups; as has been seen in recent congressional hearings, administration officials (notably, Condoleezza Rice) have challenged its veracity. But those inclined to believe Clarke will find that he makes a devastating case about the Bush administration’s failure from the beginning (when Clarke’s position was downgraded and he was taken off the top-level Principals Committee) to make terrorism as high a priority as Clinton’s did. In the face of the Bush team’s claim that they didn’t know about a threat to the homeland, readers will be haunted by two small words: after mobilizing to confront the Millennium terror threat, Clarke reached what seemed to him the obvious conclusion regarding al-Qaeda: "They’re here."Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title....
|Title||:||Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror—What Really Happened|
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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror—What Really Happened Reviews
The day after the Boston Marathon attacks seemed like a fitting time to finish this book. It is an insightful look into the workings of America's national security sphere, consisting of among others, the CIA, FBI, State Dept, NSC, and the military. What we see is that even when the major players agree on the need for action, as in striking Al Qaeda in the '90s, there are arguments based on whose territory the job falls to, or seemingly just as often, whose restrained budget would foot the bill. When these issues have been settled then the players involved are sometimes not willing to act for fear of criticism from the public, Congress, or the media. Along these lines there seemed to be several opportunities for the Clinton White House to launch missile strikes at Bin Laden specifically, or broader attacks on AQ training camps, but they backed out for fear it would add even more criticism to the Lewsinsky circus they were outlasting. The first half or so of the book traces from 1979-2000, with the second half focusing on the Bush administration by and large ignoring the importance of terrorism pre 9/11, and the author's take on what America should have done instead of an underfunded Afghan war and focusing on an Iraq attack which seemingly proved Al Qaeda's point of view of America as the unholy, unjust, Middle East invaders. Overall it's a very dense, detailed read but enjoyable and I especially liked that unlike so many feeding at the NatSec trough, the author did not just give cliched lip-service to those of us who care about retaining civil liberties during the amorphous never-ending American "war on terror".
This is a must read for students of history. Clark has credibility and experience and after the way he was treated by the Bush administration, he now has martyr status. After the Chaney-Rumsfield-Tenant fiasco it becomes clear that President Bush pushed the only competent counter-intelligence expert he had out the door.
I had a hard time putting this book down. It was a shocking read. The Bush administrations refusal to pay any attention to the terrorist threat in Afghanistan. It is a must read.