Useful Apologia, Disingenious and Misleading,
This book is, however, shockingly hateful and disrespectful of those who seek out the truth of any matter. I was absolutely stunned to see the manner in which this author treats the initiative of the reporter and the integrity of our Armed Forces person who in combination gave our nation the photos of the Abu Gharaib attrocities.
This book is inflammatory, delusional, and glib. The author labels Seymour Hersh, one of the most extraordinary and accomplished investigative reporters in American history, as a “leftwing polemicist.” Perhaps the author did not like it when it was Hersh who revealed that Rumsfeld gave the order allowing the Pakistani's to evacuate 3,000 Taliban and Al Qaeda personnel from the Tora Bora trap. This author probably thinks the CIA officers who went into Afghanistan in advance of our troops (“First In,” and “JAWBREAKER”) were left wing pinkos for not being happy when the military refused to close the trap and let Bin Laden and key aides walk out to Pakistan after being tracked on the ground for four days.
The author repeats known falsehoods, such as Bush saying that no one in government ever envisoned anyone flying airplanes into buildings, when anyone who reads knows that this is precisely what was envisioned in the Hart-Rudman report over a year earlier. Fast forward to Hurricane Katrina, and Bush saying no one told him, and presto, a video is leaked of someone doing precisely that.
If you are an extreme rightist, you will love this book. If you are a moderate Republican (as am I), an Independent, Green, Libertarian, conservative Democrat, or moderately well read, there is one reason and one reason only to buy this book: to completely understand the depth and breadth of the ideological fantasy land that these extremists inhabit.