A Pretext for War

  • by James Bamford
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book says outright what many have merely hinted at: that President George W. Bush knowingly misused the findings of the erroneous and incompetent U.S. intelligence community to provide a pretext for war with Iraq. The author hones in on the systematic weaknesses of the intelligence agencies that caused them to ignore the crucial signs leading up to the attacks of 9/11. Incompetence, deception, and misinformation from these agencies simply left the door open for President Bush and his cronies, who were less interested in the capture of Osama bin Laden and the destruction of his terror network than in following a dubious agenda in Iraq. The missing "weapons of mass destruction" are merely the latest by-product of Bush's co-optation of intelligence for political ends.


What the Critics Say

"Much of the information and many of the theories in Mr. Bamford's book will be familiar to readers from earlier magazine and newspaper articles, and other books....But Mr. Bamford unearths new details about everything from the identity of one of the disclosed locations used by Vice President Dick Cheney after 9/11...to the failures of a special CIA unit charged with tracking Osama bin Laden, and he connects the many dots, both old and new, to create a vivid, unsettling narrative." (The New York Times)


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The bookshelves are now groaning under the weight of books detailing what went wrong in Iraq.

Whatever the outcome in Iraq, there has been a continual shift in providing a rationale for the war. This book takes you back to the original justification for the attack.
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- Nikoli Gogol

My dots are connected

James Bramford is well known for his other books on security and NSA (e.g. Puzzle Palace). He is recognized for his careful research and attention to detail. In 1983 he introduced us in the "Puzzle Palace" to the inner workings of NSA before anyone knew it even existed. That book has withstood the test of time and is now a classic - in fact I am told it is required reading by all new NSA employees.

Again in this book Bamford seems to have the facts at his fingertips - many many dots floating in outer political space for me since 9/11 and the war that just never made any sense are now connected by this book. No emotion no agenda no deck of cards - just lots of interesting facts that are easy to check. This is not a political book in fact it is equally critical of both sides. In the end the facts are both interesting and explain how we got ourselves into 9/11 and the war - it makes it understandable. The Dots are connected.

He does ramble a bit from topic to topic, but so do the dots - just fascinated by backup details on history of people and why it all came together the way it did. In the end no answers but important to understand whats happend to start.

I have never written a review and listen to and read hundreds of books feel compelled to say this book is a must listen.
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- John K. Stevens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape