Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

by Richard A. Clarke


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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke

With all-new excerpts from Richard Clarke's dramatic public testimony, and revealing corroboration from The 9/11 Commission Report
From the 9/11 Commission Report:
"On the day of the meeting [September 4, 2001], Clarke sent Rice an impassioned personal note. He criticized U.S. counterterrorism efforts past and present. The 'real question' before the principals, he wrote, was 'are we serious about dealing with the al Qida threat?...Is al Qida a big deal?...Decision makers should imagine themselves on a future day when the CSG has not succeeded in stopping al Qida attacks and hundreds of Americans lay dead in several countries, including the US,' Clarke wrote. 'What would those decision makers wish that they had done earlier? That future day could happen at any time.'"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743260459
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 09/14/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 319,041
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Clarke was appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism in May 1998 and continued in that position under George W. Bush. Until March 2003 he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, having begun his federal service in 1973 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as an analyst on nuclear weapons and European security issues. In the Reagan administration, Mr. Clarke was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. In the first Bush administration, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs.

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from Against All Enemies

Wolfowitz fidgeted and scowled.... "Well, I just don't understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden."

"We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the United States," I answered....

Wolfowitz turned to me. "You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor. Just because FBI and CIA have failed to find the linkages does not mean they don't exist." I could hardly believe it, but Wolfowitz was actually spouting the totally discredited Laurie Mylroie theory that Iraq was behind the 1993 truck bomb at the World Trade Center, a theory that had been investigated for years and found to be totally untrue.

Copyright © 2004 by RAC Enterprises, Inc.

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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stock full of an exorbitant amount of insider insights, from a bi-partisan mentality, I might add. Anyone who would recommend you not reading this book is clearly trying to salvage the blind faith of their brutal fraternity.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Clarke sheds a light on the inept responses by the Bush administration to warnings prior to 9/11 and to the Clinton administrations efforts to thwart terrorism.
JBD1 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Clarke's brutal indictment of the Bush Administration's post-9/11 actions; not great prose, of course, but an important contribution to the debate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a inside look at what the top of our government was doing or more accurately not doing to address the threat of terrorism pre 911, and the bungeling of Dubya and co after. It also shows that Bush had an axe to grind with Iraq from the moment he took office. It is more evidence that that administration completely lied to the public in the run up to the invasion of Iraq.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LEAVE BUSH ALONE! Will you stop saying bad things about him? WMDs in iraq would be a serious threat. Also notice how no attacks on american soil have been carried out since 2003.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one provides Richard Clarke's insight into how we functioned on 9/11.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, this is a must read for any American that wishes to have an opinion on our country's handling of terrorism. A lifelong Republican, Richard Clarke gives his first-hand account of our country's handling of terrorism. Serving 5 presidents Clarke reveals why he believes Clinton did the best job trying to prevent more terror; and why G.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq has set America back a generation for ending global terror.
gragonfly More than 1 year ago
this is a great read for anyone that wants to know ( politically) about 911 --- this was my first read after the horro --- clarke is well qualified with a blow right to the gut ( he doesn't play around). clear cut read without the BS.
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SighKoBlahGrr-Blogspot More than 1 year ago
It is 1990. Bush 41 is President. Mikhail Gorbachev is Premier of the Soviet Union. A group of Islamic fundamentalists have just defeated the world's No. 2 superpower in a ten-year war in Afghanistan. A year later, the Soviet Union collapses. The same Islamic fundamentalists figure they can accomplish the same thing with the No. =1= superpower. In a hair-raising 300 pages that read like a Tom Clancy novel, but which in fact are the pages of =history= book, 30-year National Security Council veteran and National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism for Presidents Clinton and Bush 43, Richard Clarke, details why - and shows us =how= - Osama bin Laden and the rest are doing so. Published in 2004, =Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror= is the single most compelling and disturbing spellbinder I have encountered since Morris and Denton's =The Money and The Power=. While the implications of the latter book are =very= disturbing; the implications of the former are downright horrifying. Clarke is no ideologue. He is a can-do pragmatist. He ran the entire United States government from the command center in a nearly empty White House for 30 hours on September 11 and 12, 2001. He is no blamer. His orientation is simply, "Here's what happened; and here's what resulted from it, for better or for worse." Republican and Democratic administrations, the CIA, the FBI, the Departments of Defense and State are all praised and blamed equally. The reader - if he can put the book down every now and again to get some sleep - will almost surely come away with a detailed grasp of the entire epic that has transpired since the Shah of Iran was deposed by the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini in 1979. Worse, that reader will come away realizing that the vision Clarke laid out in 2003 and 2004 is almost exactly what the Islamic fundamentalists have managed to accomplish. The Middle East is =not= Vietnam redux. It is much, =much= worse. The reader may also come away with a bad case of anxiety. This is not a work of fiction. And it is not for the squeamish. Read it at your own risk. But for your sake as an informed voter, do =read= it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The attack on 9/11 was decades in the making. It was the result of opportunities taken and opportunities missed, both on the parts of the terrorists and of our foreign policies. This was an excellent 30- year look into national security.
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Absolutly enlightening.
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Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
Either fight or scuttle.
It is not (and should not be) `Business as usual' anymore.

Those who advocate resignation in the face of the different facets of ` international threats - disguised as promotion of science and technology' tend to exaggerate.
If you give up as The World Power (bound to play an important role) you will, in that case, be abdicating your responsibilities.
Then you will lack a sense of measure and will lose to some demented and screaming `gangsters' labelling themselves as `leaders'.
Panic can give way to submissive fatalism as happened to you in many countries in the Middle East and even in Somalia and Kenya wherefrom unfortunate events sounded like a work of fiction but indeed they led to real-life drama in which there were `many heroes'.
It was your fault to let the gathering clouds coming from small countries to herald worldwide storms that overtook (because they misinterpreted) your delay in taking immediate action.
Now you are acting differently.
But, would countries in Asia learn the lesson and take heed that America is now more serious than before; at least you've wiped-out the sense of defeatism.

Perhaps the scenario of deliberations between your two main `rival' parties should be tightly knit to become acceptable to the world ears so that future course of action can `pass' without qualms.

Continuity is Key....