From the Publisher
"Carefully reasoned, highly convincing...a persuasive and utterly frightening picture of the current state of America's war on terror."
Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times
"Written in clear and credible prose... anyone who cares about putting al Qaeda out of business should make time for this book."
Warren Bass of The Washington Post
"The best argued and most thoroughly reported account of why…"we are losing" the war against the bin Laden progeny."
Frank Rich, The New York Times
"For anyone who cares about the security of the West and its relationship with the Muslim world, The Next Attack is a book that must be read. Benjamin and Simon understand the terrorist threat as few others do, and their recommendations should influence leaders around the world."Former President Bill Clinton
"No matter how you feel about the war on Iraq, you should read this book on what we can do to fight our global struggle against terrorists and the jihadist ideology that fuels them. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon authors describe the rise of Islamic radicalism and the requirements of homeland security with great intelligence and knowledge."
Walter Isaacson, author of Kissinger: A Biography and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon were right about Al Qaeda in their top-secret analyses in the 1990s. Their last book explained it clearly to the public. Now, in The Next Attack, they tell us that it's not over yet. This is an important contribution to a nation that is still all too vulnerable to another 9/11-like tragedy at the hands of the jihadists."
Richard A. Clarke, author of Against All Enemies
"Before September 11, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon warned clearly and convincingly that America had underestimated its enemies in al Qaeda. Few listened. Now they have issued a new and chilling portrait of the evolving threat, and they warn again that America does not understand its adversaries. This is an intelligent, important, and riveting book from two of the country's leading specialists on violent Islamic extremism."
Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars
The authors, two of President Bill Clinton's counterterrorism aides, draw a persuasive and utterly frightening picture of the current state of America's war on terror … Though the authors' message is harrowing, they write in carefully reasoned, highly convincing terms. Much of their narrative ratifies judgments made in recent books by other intelligence experts and journalists.
The New York Times
… The Next Attack remains a valuable act of provocation -- the most sustained security-minded critique yet of the Bush administration's counterterrorism efforts. With their constant evocation of the painful trade-offs and constraints that are inherent to policymaking, its pages have the cumulative effect of reminding the reader how hard the U.S. government finds it to walk and chew gum at the same time -- and how glib and unsophisticated the national debate on al Qaeda has all too often been. Part of that stems from an excess of White House surety, but part of it has also been the fault of Benjamin and Simon's frequently timid party.
The Washington Post
Benjamin, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Georgetown University scholar Simon argue that bullets aren't winning the war on terrorism. We need a whole new approach. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Was the War in Iraq Doomed From the Start?
It may be too early to tell whether the 2003 war in Iraq will benefit or hurt Iraq in the long term, but its short-term consequences are already grim grim enough to warrant a debate about whether they were inevitable or the result of stunning ineptitude. Those who believe the project was doomed from the start argue that only the politically naive and the historically illiterate could have contemplated constructing a working democracy out of the ruins of Saddam Hussein's tyranny. A moment's reflection on the problems that generally accompany violent regime changes, especially those triggered by outside forces, or a passing acquaintance with Iraq's history, including the United Kingdom's attempt to pacify the country in the early 1920s, should have chastened even Washington's most eager advocates for intervention. No region offered a more forbidding setting for experimentation with democratization than the Middle East, with all its ethnic and cultural divisions, and no country within the region held less promise than Iraq, brutalized as it was by decades of oppression, wars, and sanctions.