I could have gotten more culture from watching Comedy Central. Among other garbage, boorish discussions of why she picks her nose. Gives a pretence of abhorring racism but is a poster child for it.
I am no fan of Rumsfeld or Wolfowitz, but they did answer questions posed to them forthrightly. Generally, their answers were then disassembled and mischaracterized for political grandstanding by the Commissioners posing follow-up questions or assessments.
Most Commissioners would perfunctorily acknowledge their vision was 20/20 hindsight, but one couldn't tell from their snide questions and observations.
It will be difficult for me to listen to more of the hearings if this is what the general tone of them are. Perhaps any closed-door discussions would be free of the acrimony and get down to the business of protecting our Nation.
Many thanks to Audible for their high-minded civics.
Having said that, I must add that subjects and events are covered with a brevity that will require the listener to start with an above average understanding of what has led up to what is being reported. Like most headline reporting, one may be left with whiplash from how rapidly a subject is paid attention to and then just as rapidly forgotten.
I found it to be very helpful in understanding the recent history of Britain of which I am more familiar. To an American such as myself, British history as it is taught over here is extremely dull. This book is quite the opposite and has helped me to understand such issues as Ireland, the split from the Catholic Church and the formation of the Anglican Church. As a student of American history and politics, I enjoyed seeing the roots of what is so often taken for granted in our political institutions.
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