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Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke Published by Free Press Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke has come to bookstands in the midst of a phenomenon and pushed it to its climax This is the phenomenon of the many tell-all books by former White House officials right in the middle of an election year Many of these books have leaned in the anti-Bush direction and have also sparked new public interest in the politics of Iraq and terrorism Richard Clarkes book is no exception It is an account of his ten years as the countrys leading counterterrorism coordinator Many speculate on the timing of Clarkes work because prior to its initial publication Clarke was featured on 60 Minutes testified before the 911 commission and touched off a raging controversy over how the first Bush Clinton and the second Bush administrations handled or mishandled the threat of terrorism and the post-911 political landscape The majority of Clarkes book is a discussion of how the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration gradually came to realize the existence of al Qaeda and tried to figure out what to do about it The story is framed at the beginning and end by the events of September 11 2001 The true story however lies in the days and years before September 11 that laid the groundwork for what happened that day He was indeed an insider in the White House throughout these crucial years and in his books reveals many details explaining why September 11th was inevitable and goes on to tell of the Bush administration and its many shortcomings The first chapter of Against All Enemies takes the reader into the White House center of operations on September 11 through Clarkes final negative assessment of George W Bushs post-911 war of terror Clarke documents the failures of presidential administrations to target terrorism from Reagan who did not retaliate for the murder of 278 United States Marines in
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