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Posted November 27, 2007
Threatening Storm is a wonderfully detailed book that uses all of the then current information to make an air tight case for action on the Iraq issue. It isnt a call to arms but more a wakeup call for America and her Allies. The wonderful part of reading the book today is that it clearly illustrates the faulty logic and lack of comprehensive intelligence about Iraq in both military and social terms. Had all the facts in the book been 'true' facts then our endeavour in that embattled nation would be very different. Had the Bush administration followed the steps so clearly and painstakingly outlined by Pollock in the book what may have happened? It is just this kind of book that sits and waits for a reader with knowledge and time. Understanding what it says and how things really are is a fascinating exercise that virtually takes one back in time to the pre-war days. In a way it also outlines, in a much fainter voice, a way to salvage Americas prestige and Iraq's future. I recommend this book 'hand in had with Ritter's' to anyone who has an interest in the history of that murky pre-war time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2005
This book was a fabulous critique of the options available prior to declaring war on Iraq. For those not used to heavy reading, it can be a hard read and uses technical language in places, but if there is one book or article that I would recommend about the decision to go to war with Iraq, this is undoubtedly my top choice! I was the team captain in a debate on this topic, and this book was a key resource on both sides of the issue. While visiting Paris on two-week trip to Europe, the opposing team's captain and I used this book in a discussion with American university students participating in an anti-war rally. Though the title of the book reveals the author's conclusion, I felt that this book was balanced and relatively unbiased. It reviewed nearly every issue in meticulous detail and presented clear, succinct responses with plenty of cited sources. This is a great book for anyone interested in the war in Iraq!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2004
This is a very good, very informative book. I read this book well after the completion of Operation Iraqi Freedom and had my doubts as to whether or not the information contained in the book would be dated, and much to my suprise, this book would be every bit as appropriate 1 year later as it would have been before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Pollack pled and made his case very well by providing extraordinarily detailed information not only on what he thinks should be done, but also on the events that led up to this point. The book also covers the many other issues such as human rights in Iraq that need to be discussed and is not a simple dissertation on Iraq's alleged possesion of weapons of mass destruction. The book takes awhile to read and is definitely intended for a more well-read audience. It could have been 25 pages or more shorter because some of the information becomes redundant and spun in a different way. This most likely is because the author wanted to make sure his point was clear, well-stated, and that the importance was not minimized. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone searching for information on the conflict in Iraq, how we got there, and what should be done about it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2003
He makes his case in a very extensive and elaborate way. The delays that the UN has caused are leading to a worse case senario according to the author. The longer the delays the more the potential casualties.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2003
This book is a good read. It tells the good and the bad views of how America should deal with Iraq. If you want to know about what Iraq has been up to the last 20 or so years this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2002
This book has much important background on Saddam and Iraq, and makes a strong case for doing something new about or with Saddam. Its case for invading Iraq, however, fails to convince me that the danger from Saddam is serious and imminent and that the danger cannot be addressed in any peaceable way. Nor does it show that the destruction caused by an invasion would be outweighed by the benefits. If this book convinces some people to favor invading Iraq, I hope they at least consider these two points the author makes: 1. war against Iraq could be "quite costly." "The cost in casualties could vary considerably based on three critical factors: how hard the Iraqi armed forces fight, whether they are willing and able to defend Iraq's cities, and how able they are to employ their weapons of mass destruction against U.S. forces. We don't know the answer to any of these questions." (Page 344) 2. "We have a lot of work to do in terms of political, military and diplomatic preparations; the need to get the more immediate threat from al-Qa'eda under control; and the need to reduce the bedlam in the Middle East to lower levels. Unless and until we have done that preparatory work, an invasion of Iraq itself would be the risky option." (Page 421) How fascinating it would be to see the author debate Scott Ritter, the ex-Marine who inspected weapons in Iraq seven years for the UN! An example of their differences: Pollack partly supports his case by quoting Khidhir Hamza (Pages 174, 266), who Ritter says was rejected by the CIA and the entire intelligence community "because they knew he wasn't who he said he was" (War on Iraq, by William Rivers Pitt with Scott Ritter, 2002, Page 52).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.