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Richard Perle served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush. He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
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I bought and enjoyed this audiobook from Audible. It does not mince words. This book is a straightforward attack on Islamists (as Daniel Pipes uses this word) and the support Islamism receives from various quarters. It identifies Islamist fanaticism with "evil". Richard Perle is well known. David Frum is the Canadian who formerly worked in the Bush White House as a speechwriter and apparently developed the popular epithet -- axis of evil. Frum was interviewed by Terri Gross on Fresh Air (also available from Audible) after he left the White House. If you were incensed by 9/11 and if you believe Islamists will never allow the West to live free from fear, then you should buy this book. If you think the world is complicated and we should continue using the United Nations to solve our problems, then try shopping for books by Al Franken or Michael Moore. In any event, thanks to Audible for giving some shelf space to conservative audiobooks.
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I think it's critically important to listen points of view that challenge your own belief system, although it can be a painful exercise. But before you listen to this, I would listen to Noam Chomsky's latest. This supplies valuable information (i.e. what is the definition of terrorism) that adds the context to truly question every argument these two make.
As I imagined, this was, indeed, painful. This book is chilling. Not because there is "evil" in the world, but because these guys command the ear and (in Frum's case) move the mouth of our President, who I suspect is going to be President until 2008. This is why I consider this "essential" reading/listening.
Listen to this book if you want the ability to see our country's future. You'll understand what is happening with our increasingly hostile relationship with Syria. You'll laugh when you see Perle's "visionary" Chalabi step on both of their *****. You'll get a sense of where we are going with North Korea. Those damn, gutless South Koreans not willing to take a few tens of thousands of innocent deaths in order to put an end to the "evil" of North Korea. Boycott Kim Chi.
The narration is excellent. I gave an additional star to the narrator who lent the perfect Orson Wellian dramatic flair to this narrative cartoon. I had to keep looking in my rear-view mirror to make sure that an Islamic terrorist was not hiding in the back seat waiting to kill me and drive my car full of over-priced gas into the nearest Wal-Mart.
Weak-kneed co-conspirators like Colin Powell, Rich Armitage, Scrowcroft and Bush 41 add the only sense of surprise. Clinton-bashing is predictable and plentiful. No mention made of how Osama and Saddam are the bastard "children" of the United States and it's need to dip it's missle into the hot spots of the world.
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