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Michiko KakutaniAs James Bamford, the author of two respected books on American intelligence, tells it, there is plenty of blame to go around. His new book, A Pretext for War, draws a damning portrait of the country's intelligence agencies as woefully ill equipped to deal with the threats of terrorism and a post-cold-war world. It also draws a scathing picture of ideologues in the Bush administration, manipulating dubious evidence about links between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein and flawed information about weapons of mass destruction in the push toward war.
— The New York Times