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War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    The documents in this book must be grappled with

    Of course Feith was a supporter of the war and one should always be wary of government officials seeking to reroactively reclaim their image.

    BUT, Feith has done all a service here and collected important documents that bolster his claim sin most cases. This does not mean it is the end ofthe story, but non of the reviews so far has grappled with this. They merely repeat their own preferences. The cirtics especially engage in ad hominem attacks and never address what is actually in the book.

    Feith also has posted additional government documents on a website for the book so the reader can see documented evidence.

    In a time when everyoine seems to have forgotten that the British, French, German, Ruussian and many other intelligence agencies ALL thought Hussen had WMD, the simple platitudes get us nowhere.

    You think Woodward is better?! The guy has a never published a footnote or documenting evidence in his books. He asks us to just trust him that he got it right. yet we know that the way he works is to get close to one or two policy elites and basically writes off their version of events. Ever wonder why "Bush at War" was so glowing while "Pland of Attack" so critical...different sources. Bush gave him access for the first, and the second was all Armitage and Powell. Woodward is a hack that loves to be close to power and will sell out his craft for access. Most of the books on decision-making for this war come from people who have partial access at best or cobble together speculation from secondary sources. At least Feith gives us the documents and it is up to good readers to assess how well they support his arguments or not. For me, I think he did a reasonably fair job.

    Bottom line, read the book, look at the documents THEN comment. Commenting on a book you have not read just because you dislike the person's politics is beyond ridiculous and cheapens the important political debate that needs to occur for the country to come to grips with this conflict.

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