I loved this book and really thought it was well laid out and presented. I am however curious to why Robert Baer never once mentions the infamous "Torricelli Principle" which restricted the informants CIA agents could pay. Throughout the book Baer constantly complains the CIA did not have informants in a number of terrorist organizations and also doesn't hold back on naming names at the highest levels but for some odd reason, Senator Torricelli is completely ignored.
the book had a lot of good content but fell short of a really good book. for starters the style of the narration was somewhat annoying because they kept asking questions like "Guess what?" The other problem with the book is that it ONLY attacked the Left Wing. I guess the title had already suggested that but almost every point made was very true to Libertarian principles not necessarily Republican ones. If the author had taken the time to point out the problems by both parties the book would have been easier to digest and had more credibility with me.
although I loved the first chapter and Clarke makes several good points throughout the book, he is obviously out to get the Republicans. One of the really annoying points in his book is that he repeatedly complains the Bush Adminstration was too obsessed with the ABM treaty and then at the end of the book says, "oh btw, North Korean nuclear missles are a problem too". He wants it both ways throughout the book. When Reagan pulled troops out of Lebanon after 200+ dead, Clarke said he made America look weak. When Clinton pulled troops out of Somolia after 18 dead, Clarke said he made America look strong! Give me a break.
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