Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security

Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security

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by Robert Patterson

ISBN-10: 0895261405

ISBN-13: 9780895261403

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

In Dereliction of Duty, Lieutenant Colonel Patterson reveals the amazing and cavalier disregard with which Bill Clinton treated our nation's most sensitive military secrets, the lives of our men and women in uniform, and the integrity of the office of president.  See more details below


In Dereliction of Duty, Lieutenant Colonel Patterson reveals the amazing and cavalier disregard with which Bill Clinton treated our nation's most sensitive military secrets, the lives of our men and women in uniform, and the integrity of the office of president.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Matter of Honor19
Prologue: Mission Aborted23
Ch. 1An Officer's Oath31
Ch. 2The Finger on the Nuclear Trigger47
Ch. 3Hillary's "Football"59
Ch. 4Fear and Loathing85
Ch. 5National Defense or Social Petri Dish?97
Ch. 6CNN Diplomacy111
Ch. 7The War on Terrorism129
Ch. 8A Time to Move On143
App. AThe Dangers We Still Face151
App. BPresident Clinton Foreign Policy Chronology, 1993-2001165
App. CReports and Scores187

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Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a retired Marine who worked with Buzz Patterson while he served the President, I assure you that every word he writes in this book is true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos for an outstanding comentary on Bill Clinton's mishandling of the greatest country in the world. As I read this book, it made me angry, sad, disgusted and just about every spectrum of emotions, to realize how fully this man sold our country out, but most of all the ways he sold out our brave mililtary men and women. As a proud Navy mom of a man who served in Desert Storm and now in the current war in Iraq, it makes me sick to think that he had to claim as his commander in chief one so undeserving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this about 10 years ago. I was shocked at the careless attitude that Bill Clinton had concerning our national defense. What bothered me the most however, was the level of absolute hate and disrespect that Hillary Clinton displayed toward the military and the Secret Service officers assigned to protect her and her family. Now this power mad lunatic wants to be President? I hope many more people read this book before the 2016 Presidential elections so they can see what the presumptive Democratic candidate is really like. Three a.m. phone call? Ha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Decent book that is a very quick read. The content really isn't very shocking considering corruption and scandal seem to be easily associated with President Clinton. I did find particular passages of the book to be disturbing, such as when President Clinton lost his football code card or when there was an opportunity to launch a strike on Osama bin Laden that it was delayed for apparently no good reason. Some more detail would have been nice, as some of the contents are just 'filler' such as the excerpt from Casper Weinberger. But he gets his point across in vivid detail - that from his perspective, there was a serious dereliction of duty from President Clinton as Commander in Chief at times when his decision making was most needed, and that while Commander in Chief, the military was tremendously downsized while he used his office as a means to fufill his personal life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LtCol Patterson has written an incredibly insightful book about the most shameful administration our country has ever seen. Every American should read this book. I had never been a Clinton fan, and this book proved my instinct was right. These two are completely amoral.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally someone who was there telling it like it really is. This is a great book and all Americans should have to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buzz Patterson does a great job of showing how Bill Clinton and his 8 years in power took a great toll on the military of America. Patterson shows how Clinton by selling off our military equipment, closing several bases, disrespecting the protectors of America, reducting the number of military personnel while sending them on unplanned missions of nation building and losing the nuclear launch codes was a one man wrecking crew against America. Deliction of Duty describes how Clinton (the only person to ever lose the nuclear launch codes) was too busy to deal with Osama Bin Laden the 4 times that he was offered to Clinton to deal with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every member of the fawning political left and every partisan, Democrat member of the 9/11 Committee ought to be compelled by law not merely to READ this book but commit it to MEMORY! Just in case they are ever inclined to again defend the undefendable and sell morality, decency and competence down the stream in favor of expediency and power. A disgraceful period in American history, leading inevitably to the neglect that caused 3,000 deaths in NY, Pa and DC, and the man whose personal greed and immmorality caused it all, are well documented and well written in a book that will make Republicans shake their heads in anger and (hopefully) even make a few Democrats hang SHAME!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I served in the Clinton White House as a military guard on several occassions and saw first hand the incredible way Bill, Hillary, and their lackeys treated their office. I left before my tour of duty at my own request because I was ashamed and embarrassed. I remember requesting combat duty and when it was granted, who showed up to shake our hands for a photo op? Yep, Bill and Hillary. When they asked for volunteers to go meet them, no one wanted to go. Our Commander ordered our company to go. This book is right on. Bill and Hillary is one chapter in American History I would like to forget... completely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colonel Patterson's book is a compilation of personal observations of a career military man assigned to the White House. Many of his observations are corroborated in media reporting, although the Colonel provides the 'fine print.' Other observations are highly credible given the ideology and behaviors demonstrated by the former president. Colonel Patterson has provided the country a valuable historical view of what was and what could have been.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now everyone will know what happened to this country, Slick Willy is the reason for 9/11, the liberals don't want to beleive, LTC Patterson is right on. A must read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Folks, this book is written by a close personal aide of President Bill Clinton. It has nothing to do with President Bush. It is an eyewitness account from inside the CLINTON White House. Please don't review the book unless you've acutally READ the book. It's obvious that some of you (with your 1 star ratings) have not. If you are confused about what constitutes a review, maybe you should consult a dictionary. 'Dereliction' is a very insightful, well-documented, and interesting read for those of you who want to be educated/enlightened. I highly recommend it, especially if you long to know the truth about the 1990's and the possibility that Hillary may run for the WH someday. Well done!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is heinous and shocking propaganda, I am ashamed to see such tripe. It's just BS trying to distract people from those who are really responsible, like George Bush Sr. and Jr., who have close to both those people who put Saddam Housain in power and funded and trained Osama Bin Laden.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of working with Buzz Patterson after his retirement, while he was working on this book. He often told his students stories about the goings-on in the Clinton White House, things he saw with his own eyes and his own reactions to them. LtCol Patterson never came across as your typical right-wing Clinton basher on a mission from God, but that's how this book tends to read from time to time. I'm not sure why. I wish he'd just recorded the oral tellings of these stories and published the transcripts, because taken one by one, I fail to see how even a Democrat such as myself could not be greatly disturbed and embarassed by the events described here. But the book comes across as an ad hominem diabtribe, which I can't but think is not how Col Patterson wanted it. I hope there's another book coming, and I hope Buzz has a new editor for it. To be frank, a more sober, less polemical telling of these stories is much more frightening and disturbing than we see here and should be read by everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book took off with a phony title and its contents ended up looking more like a pile of horse craps. Considering the fact that the author 'worked' at close range with its principal subject. The rantings about a former boss or president are nothing but back-stabbing. If the patriotism of this author had been anything he desperately wanted the readers to belief, I wonder why he neither resign nor tell American people while he was serving the subject matter (or even the nation). This type of title seems to pop up too often for anyone to take them seriously. An after thought like this treatise is neither helpful to the nation nor its author. Believe me, the records of the subject matter would be upheld or denounced by history not by this type of crass piece of a former aide. What next? How about 'how Clinton lost China' or 'how the Colonel saved the republic from a golem'? This nation needs to move on, we have better things to do than speculating on the perception of a disgruntled person otherwise, we risk being gorgonized by rantings of this type of limitless blame-the-Clinton crowd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll never look at my vote the same way again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rubbish,, This book is complete right wing propaganda. While I appreciate the author¿s proximity to the Clintons as unique in the published martial I¿ve read, this is why I read it, it was pathetically emotional to the point of being laughable. If your prepared to hate the Clintons and, you don¿t ever question what you hear from the likes of Bill O Riley or Rush, you¿ll eat this up. It¿s not what I would call balanced criticism. What a disappointment. Henry
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first thing you see when you pick up the book is Clinton with a golf tee in his mouth intimating that his attitude was one of fun and games. (Well, I don't know how many Republican presidents I have seen playing golf. I have friends who play golf and a lot of them are Republicans and they all work hard. Our current president takes the whole month of August off each year.) All anyone has to do is use their own eyes to see how much they accomplished during the years he was in office all the while having to fight the right-wing bashers and a Republican congress. As to him not trying to fight terrorism, that is a lie. He foiled several attempts and told the people and the new administration that it would be one of their main concerns. He even had a plan to attack Afghanistan to go after Bin Laden but didn't want to start something with a new administration coming in. Reports are that they gave the plans to them but Rice denied it, even with an eye-witness to the episode. Probably why the attack of Afghanistan went as smooth as it did. I also read where, because of animosity of certain government officials that when Clinton wanted updates, they didn't provide them. So if you don't get the information, how can you know when and where to fight it. If you get to looking more into depth from different sources, then you find much to doubt here. Then he says that Hilary swears, wow! I bet none of you have ever sworn and I bet most of you that voted 5 stars for this book, did the same for Coulters and I know she his known for her language, but I know, its different when you do it. He says she took files with her on trips. Well, if any of you had read 'Living History', you would have found that she wrote on her books when she traveled and when you do that, you need paper and files. Did he see what was inside them? hmm I have voted over the years for the person that I thought would do the best for the people they represented, sometimes it was more Republican and sometimes it was more Democrat, but right now there is no doubt in my mind what party I will be voting for now. I wonder if the next person who employs this author will be wondering if he will be the subject of a book filled with malicious stories. Some people have no honor. I saw the author on C-span and he didn't sound believable then. End of story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wake up call to Americans that if they are going to vote, they need to understand the person they are voting for. Clinton's disdain for the military was well known to the media and Americans who kept up on the news. Now we see an insiders look at his disregard for national security in his pursuit of popularity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lt. Col. Patterson went into to his assignment feeling honored at the prospect of serving his Commander and Chief. Having seen the total disregard the Clinton White House had for the military, national security and office of the President left him no other option but to expose the Clintons as self serving people lacking any moral character. This is not a kiss and tell book betraing the trust of someone of interest, it's a warning of what can happen if we elect the wrong people (like Hillary) for office.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this book by a fellow aviator (I have flown for and served the Navy for two and a half decades), and was eager to read this book. However when I got into it, it read like a republican guide to Clinton bashing. In that regard it was written exactly as described by the Publisher's Weekly Critique - seemingly as too slanted and emotionally tied to perceptions, rather than hard facts. To this end it made me a bit suspicious of the book when the non-emotional facts WERE presented (and I have understood enough of the facts to know they were largely accurate), but the manner of presentation will not garner a wide audience, only polarize Republicans to say 'I told you so', and Democrats to say, 'propoganda'. I myself am a 'conservative' tactical military pilot (serving I believe over a longer span than Patterson and over the same events), and was particularly less-than-impressed with the Santoli's very over-emotional introduction, which probably did little to instill my confidence in Patterson's writing about to come. Military leaders pride themselves on level-headed leadership and an agenda-free, non-emotional declaration of the facts, so this book rubbed me a bit wrong (sort of like it was hyped up for a civilian, hard-right audience); indeed, I should be in the center of his cross-hairs were I not in uniform. In the future I recommend a more historical slant for Patterson, protest a little less that 'I didn't want to bash the Commander in Chief, but I must tell this story for my beloved America', and remove his association with an emotional Santoli; doing so would be more becoming of a retired officer with venerable service and likely interest a wider, more factually curious audience. I will say this, at least it gets the facts to the public (some of the public), if they don't get jaded and drop the book early on, and it warns America of the significant issues with Senator Clinton; but my mother (a liberal) won't get far into it before poo-pooing it, which is very unfortunate. Purely from a writing aspect, Patterson is clear and quick reading, and has a real future as an author (just steer clear of Santolian emotion). I wish him luck; maybe a more neutral distillation will come from him downstream that I can use to appeal to my liberal friends?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is incredible account by Lt. Col. Patterson. Not only is it educational (Patterson gives detailed account of what it takes to get a president around), but it serves as a blunt warning to never elect another careless liberal into presidency.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hear ye, hear ye all Americans! With the approaching presidential election, you must read this book. If you harbor a doubt about why we face the challenges of terrorism, Iraq and North Korea on our door step, this book will both frighten you and convince you that the Clintons and their kind are never to be trusted again. Patterson does a great job of bringing us into the day-to-day happenings of the Clinton White House. He details the many failures of our former commander-in-chief that have, unfortunately, set the table for our burgeoning problems today. This is not a 'kiss and tell,' this is a 'tell it as he saw it.' Extremely well written, lively and a great read. Pick it up and educate yourself for 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buzz Patterson is a person who had an insider's view of the Clintons, without being a political crony. In only 2 years in the White House, he lists the things that he saw that would make most people cringe. The constant abuse (and negligence) of power is astonishing. How did the Clintons and their friends REALLY view the average person? Read this book. The only thing is it never answers the question of what was in Hillary's special file box that travelled with her everywhere.