Any analysis of a hidden and complex relationship such as that between Al Quaeda and the U.S. is going to have some flaws, and no analysis is going to please everyone. What I find so praiseworthy of the Stratfor analysis is that it strives to be as astute and unbiased as possible. I am sure there are biases, but there certainly is no obvious political intention to those biases.
So, this will disappoint both diehard liberals and conservatives, who will come away unsatisfied: liberals thinking that it defends Bush's actions, conservatives thinking that it demonizes him. It does neither. Instead, it provides much food for thought in the midst of a dangerous situation in a complex world. At the least, it demonstrates that the special interests and flag-waving that characterize the political parties are just superficial issues that have little direct effect upon international politics and terrorism. Instead, the parties utilize their ability to influence votes to gain the White House (and Congress) so that they can employ their own nuance of diplomacy and strongarming.
This book has changed my entire view of Iraq. Perhaps the war was not the only way to deal with the terrorist situation, but the alternative choices were pretty lousy as well.
Unfortunately, this book does not empower the reader (listener) by providing new insight, it only helps to better understand. And it does make one realize how impotent an individual American is.
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