A Pretext for War
- 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
- Narrated by: Ray Childs
- Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-09-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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A Pretext for War hones in on the systematic weakness that led the intelligence community to ignore or misinterpret evidence of the impending terrorist attacks of 9/11, a failure rooted in the refusal to acknowledge the central role of the Palestinian cause in igniting Arab rage against the United States. Compounding the errors, the Bush administration's immediate response to 9/11 was to call for an attack on Iraq, and it subsequently invented justifications for the preemptive war that has ultimately left the United States more vulnerable to terrorism.
A Pretext for War is an unprecedented, utterly convincing expose of the most secretive administration in history.
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By G Barth on 09-12-04
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A Pretext to War has slipped through the cracks of many 9/11/Iraq War/terrorism books over the last few months. That is really too bad, because this is the sleeper hit that more people should hear. This superb work by acclaimed security writer and author James Bamford covers 4 areas really well: the timeline of the hijackings, the holes in the intelligence and security apparatus, the neo-con planners Perle, Feith and Wolfowitz and how they have spent decades building the case for pre-emptive war (the enthusiasm for war against Syria, Lebanon and others is quite disturbing), and finally how the case for the was sold to Congress, the UN and the American public. The full picture is extremely disturbing and infuriating. An excellent narration really adds to the quality of the audiobook. Listen now before the election!
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