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.

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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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A must read before you vote

If you think we have fallen into a trap in Iraq because of misinformation, you might come away with the notion that the White House knew there was not meat on the bone in the first place. If you think we are doing the tough job in Iraq, and that we made our country more secure by our actions, then you might want to rethink your position after listening to this book.

Listen to ?Sleeping with the Devil? too. This is not Fox News!
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- FGP

Confused or Sell Out

What a sell out. He is obviously confused or a sell out. But don't be misled. If there is any amount of telling secrets of national security, this book would not been printed at least not for years to come.

The most informative aspect is in "reading between the lines." James Bamford tells about the many years of threats planned on the US prior to President Bush's presidency but puts blame on President Bush. A book that uses facts to legitimize fiction or at the very least a bruised ego. He exposes his own failings to practically understand limitations of individuals and governmental agencies - of course; he could have done it better.

Let?s get intelligent and use more critical practical thinking and realize humans are limited and flawed in their abilities. As such, I recognize the author's work and take his criticism with a grain of salt. I was left asking the question: What wasn't in the book? How about Sadam?s breaking of a cease fire and treaty, the attacks on American military, Iraq's breaking of international laws, Iraqi support of terrorism, the French, German and Russian roles in breaking the "oil for medical and food" agreement to supplement their economies, the philosophical, religious, etc. reasons nations went and go to war.

Summery: Grossly lacking, emotionally fueled, and self serving to the author. A book that is difficult to put down if you paid for it either for its story (the emotional impact of the events) or for its inadequacies.
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- James

Book Details

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