Then he goes forward with it. Within the first 200 words, you will realize that this is just another hatchet job on the right, and soft-soap for the left. He blames attacks on Clinton for his ineffectiveness. He blames Reagan for not retaliating in Beiruit, and then Bush 41 for leaving Saddam in power. Anybody with any current event experience over the past 15 years will not waste their time after the first five minutes. The viewpoints in this book are "out there". If you thought Clinton was a great president, you will probably love the validation that will doubtless come in this book.
During the years that the author served as the chief officer for counter terrosrism for this country, we suffered enormously while our adversaries grew stronger by the minute. In 1990, the murder of a rabbi in NY started the ball rolling, but it wasn't the first infiltration by radicals in the US. In 1993, the WTC was attacked. In 1994, the FBI stopped a plot to bomb NY landmarks. In 1994, Oplan Bojinka was foiled by the mistakes of Ramzi Youseff, the WTC bomber. In 1995, the #2 in Al Quaeda completed a fund raising tour in the US. In 1996, Khobar Towers was bombed. In 1998, the US embassies in Africa were bombed. In 1999, only the suspicion of an alert Customs agent foiled the bombing of LAX. In 2000, the USS Cole was bombed. Where was the author during all of this? There are a number of much better books on the topic out there. This one strikes me as a self serving attempt to rewrite history and make himself seem more valuable than his achievements merit. It's an interesting read, but don't depend on it being the truth. This is a very colored view of the world, written for blatant self interest and self serving reasons.
Here is a story by a guy whose been a bureaucrat his entire life and is now looking to cash in. What makes this book his "accurate" version of the various stories he has told? Perhaps the previous statements he has made that undermine many of his key points in this book are correct. Or, perhaps, the versions he has told to the 9-11 commission that differ from both the book and his pre-book history are correct.
Who knows with this guy? The bottom line is he saw the opportunity to sell himself and retire rich, early. While this book is an interesting insider account, it is more than likely that this is not the truth.
Clarkes agenda is so transparent. He expected Bush to solve all the problems left untouched by the Clinton administration's eight years in office in just eight months. Talk about sour grapes. I guess Clarke's next employer will think twice about not promoting him! Look what it got Bush.
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A very transparent and one-sided recreation of reality. Read it and you'll want ... no demand ... your money back. (Unless you're a Dean-i-ac). The book let's Clinton off the hook for 8 years of 'fighting terrorism' and lays the blame squarely on the Bush. Even if you're a Democrat, you cannot believe this guy's story. Simply amazing that he can offer this 'piece' as any type of fact ... and do it with a straight face.
Hope he enjoys his royalites!