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

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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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No man is a hero to his valet-or his personal military aide, to judge by this memoir of the Clinton White House by a retired Air Force colonel who carried Clinton's "nuclear football" and had intimate access to the President from morning jog to evening card game. Although Patterson claims to have no political agenda and to personally like the man, he revisits all the familiar touchstones of conservative Clinton-hatred (he also suggests that the former president bears some responsibility for the events of 9/11). In Patterson's account, Clinton emerges as a careless, disingenuous frat boy, mercilessly hen-pecked by the domineering Hillary, whose tirades leave him looking like a "beaten puppy." He presides over a chaotic administration focused on spin and fund-raising; he fondles an Air Force One stewardess and ogles Patterson's wife in the Oval Office; he loses the nuclear launch codes; and he cheats at golf-which Patterson views as "not just a peccadillo but symptomatic of the way he approached life." Patterson also asserts that Clinton "directly and severely harmed this nation's security." Clinton debilitated the military, Patterson claims, by downsizing it, trying to remove the ban on homosexuals and put women in combat roles, "gutt[ing] morale" with pay freezes and "rudderless" peace-keeping missions, and turning it into an "armed social services agency." Worst of all, Clinton was soft on terrorism and missed a chance to get bin Laden with cruise missiles. Patterson raises important issues, but he seems most often affronted by what he sees as Clinton's belief that he "was privileged to conduct himself at a much lower code of conduct than the men or women he would repeatedly order into harm's way." There's a case to be made for Clinton's laxness on security matters, but Patterson's rendition is too anecdotal and brief, as well as too disgruntled-offended, even-to convince many. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261403
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface: A Matter of Honor 19
Prologue: Mission Aborted 23
Ch. 1 An Officer's Oath 31
Ch. 2 The Finger on the Nuclear Trigger 47
Ch. 3 Hillary's "Football" 59
Ch. 4 Fear and Loathing 85
Ch. 5 National Defense or Social Petri Dish? 97
Ch. 6 CNN Diplomacy 111
Ch. 7 The War on Terrorism 129
Ch. 8 A Time to Move On 143
App. A The Dangers We Still Face 151
App. B President Clinton Foreign Policy Chronology, 1993-2001 165
App. C Reports and Scores 187
Notes 193
Acknowledgments 199
Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008


    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Outstanding Commentary

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2015

    I read this about 10 years ago. I was shocked at the careless at

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    The Real White House in the 90s

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2005


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Patterson shows how dangerous Clinton really was

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Finally the Truth

    Finally someone who was there telling it like it really is. This is a great book and all Americans should have to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    A National Disgrace Creates a National Tragedy

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    On the Money

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    The Truth

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    Matter of fact observations.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    YES HE SAW IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Excellent Book About Clinton...Not About Bush!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    Put this book in the toilet along with Rush Limbaugh where it belongs.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Better in person

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Odious Assertions

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003


    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Just as I suspected.

    I'll never look at my vote the same way again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2003

    Tremendous book...and Right on Time!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    ***** A first hand view of Clinton abuses *****

    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.

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