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Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror | [Richard Miniter]

Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror

Years before the public knew about bin Laden, Bill Clinton did. Bin Laden first attacked Americans during Clinton's presidential transition in December 1992. He struck again at the World Trade Center in February 1993. Over the next eight years the archterrorist's attacks would escalate killing hundreds and wounding thousands, while Clinton did his best to stymie the FBI and CIA and refused to wage a real war on terror. Why?
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Publisher's Summary

Years before the public knew about bin Laden, Bill Clinton did. Bin Laden first attacked Americans during Clinton's presidential transition in December 1992. He struck again at the World Trade Center in February 1993. Over the next eight years the archterrorist's attacks would escalate killing hundreds and wounding thousands, while Clinton did his best to stymie the FBI and CIA and refused to wage a real war on terror. Why?

The answer is here in investigative reporter Richard Miniter's stunning expose that includes exclusive interviews with both of Clinton's National Security Advisors, Clinton's counter-terrorism czar, his first CIA director, his Secretary of State, his Secretary of Defense, top CIA and FBI agents, lawmakers from both parties and foreign intelligence officials from France, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as on the scene coverage from Sudan, Egypt, and elsewhere.

Losing bin Laden is a dramatic, page-turning read, a riveting account of a terror war that bin Laden openly declared, but that Clinton left largely unfought. With a pounding narrative, up-close characters and detailed scenes, it takes you inside the Oval Office, the White House Situation Room, and within some of the deadliest terrorist cells that America has ever faced. If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001 might never have happened.

©2003 Richard Miniter; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The author tapped an extraordinary array of sources....This book delivers a devastating blow to the former President's reputation." (Forbes)
"A valuable history that should serve as a training manual in how not to run a foreign policy." (The Washington Times)

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    Gregory Vicksburg, MI, USA 05-15-04
    Gregory Vicksburg, MI, USA 05-15-04
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    "Put politics aside, this is an interesting book"

    It does not take too much of a stretch of an imagination to think that a president would be consumed with his own scandals to avoid confronting a brewing problem elsewhere. I am a political junkie and have a good feel for politcal pragmatism. This account is very reasonable considering Clinton's track record. No person could objectively give this book a 1 star. Buy the book and get ready to get pissed off at your government.

    31 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Devin Ellensburg, WA USA 04-27-04
    Devin Ellensburg, WA USA 04-27-04
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    "Going against the grain"

    In this era of "cookie-cutter protest", it is refreshing to find some actual evidence to support a theorem as opposed to the emotional, baseless attacks that I read daily in the news. While it may be appealing to pin 9/11 on a single administration, I believe the most relevant quote is the one I heard long ago in an effort to detract from President Reagan's victory over Communism, (I paraphrase) "Crediting President Reagan with the fall of Communism is like crediting a man for the sunset because if happened while he was around". The point is, the makings of 9/11 were in the works long before the 7 months President Bush was in office. Let's use some objectivity here. I believe in truth, not "partisian"(sic)ship. Please exercise some independent thought and weigh the evidence here.

    55 of 86 people found this review helpful
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    Aram Wellington, FL, USA 04-26-04
    Aram Wellington, FL, USA 04-26-04
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    "Investigative reporter for who?"

    Nowhere in the blurb for this book is the author identified as an investigative reporter for a publication of note. But the reviews are instructive, since they come from Forbes and the Washington Times, two of the prime outlets for neocon propaganda. Skip it.

    17 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Wells, ME, USA 04-28-04
    Tom Wells, ME, USA 04-28-04
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    "Oh Dear"

    You have to be joking. Sources have not been tested, allegations are not substantiated. History is being bent here. Compare this with Clarke's book. Republican funded trash!!!!!

    15 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    H. Tillman 04-27-04
    H. Tillman 04-27-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Not well research"

    This book brings makes a couple of interesting points, but leaves out facts and invents too much.

    15 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Laura lincoln, NE, USA 04-28-04
    Laura lincoln, NE, USA 04-28-04
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    "The Truth"

    All of Mr Miniter's assertions are one by one being proven true. The international community reasserts that Bin Laden was offered to the Clinton Administration by 3 separate countries, not once, not twice, but 12 times. Had Mr. Clinton done his job, we might have averted a lot of pain and suffering for Americans.

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    Christopher Doraville, Gabon 04-26-04
    Christopher Doraville, Gabon 04-26-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Riddled with Incomplete and Incorrect Information"

    It is unfortunate that an "investigative journalist" would fail to do any actual investigation into the facts. The author cites claims (later acknowledged as false even by the current Bush Administration) from a businessman, who gave the Clinton Administration false information in an effort to further his international business with the Sudan. He also ignores various attempts on the part of the Clinton Administration to capture of kill Osama bin Laden. I would recommend passing up this book in favor of a less error-prone and partisian book.

    88 of 171 people found this review helpful
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    Bambi Wailuku, HI, USA 04-27-04
    Bambi Wailuku, HI, USA 04-27-04
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    "FALSE INFORMATION"

    This book is full of dis-information and wishful thinking. It is a very irresponsable book....To bad it might be a great fiction book but it was not truthful It belongs in fiction...The facts and reporting are fiction... It is a waste of time....These charges have been disproved....total waste of time unless you are not interested in the truth....

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    Terry ROY, UT, USA 05-08-04
    Terry ROY, UT, USA 05-08-04 Member Since 2001
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    "EXCELLENT RESOURCE"

    THIS IS RESEARCHED VERY WELL. DISPELLS SOME MYTHS BOTH GOOD AND BAD. SHOWS THE INCOMPETENT PART OF PRESIDENT CLINTON. I WAS FINALLY GIVEN THE FACTS THAT I COULDN'T FIND THAT SUPPORTED MY FEELINGS.

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    Roger San Francisco, CA, USA 05-10-04
    Roger San Francisco, CA, USA 05-10-04
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    "Pulp Fiction"

    I was disappointed the writer couldn't make a more coherent case about the misadventures of Bill Clinton. Routinely, we are given far better accounts of Bill Clinton's dasterdly deeds, by high roaders at Fox news. I was really disapponting this book was little more than a rehash of the daily rantings of historical luminaries. i.e. Mesrs. Hannity, O'Riley and other pulpfiction bananarepublicans. On the entertaining side, the book is refreshingly funny, to see how flailingly desparate the writer does try to deflect us from the cronyism, and self-interested missmanagement of the current 3rd stringers, Save your book credit!

    17 of 54 people found this review helpful
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