A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s. In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford–whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security. A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to Acclaimed author James Bamford–whose classic book The Puzzle.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Jun 05, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Our wars don’t even supply plunder. Gives you the preext and the currents of thought in a fast, exciting format. Paul Benkert rated it really liked it Feb 13, Dar stated, there appears to be enough in this book that one can at least credibly say that the preponderance of the evidence appears to support the author’s premise and his claims.

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Undaunted pretextt the fact that the weapons inspectors had been in Iraq for years telling the UN and IAEA that no weapon facilities exited, they concocted “evidence” to proof their point. The author puts forward the view that the intelligence agencies were not ready because of the lack of smooth technological transition from the Cold War era into modern earth.

Although all this was perfectly clear to me at the time it happened Bush, Cheney, etc. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. One person found this helpful.

A Pretext for War

Writing is a little disjointed but his sources are fantastic and details of issues like the CIA and George Tenet are a must read. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Removing the Saddam Hussein regime from power in Iraq, and replacing it with a pro-American puppet, would change the map of the Middle East. Articles with self-published sources from January All articles with self-published sources Pages to import images to Wikidata.


Rather than traditional footnote citations, or superscript note numbers to cross-reference particular facts or statements within the text, the entire text is presented uncited, with only its normal narrative formatting. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. As Senior CIA officials, charged with analyzing the causes of 9-ll would say later on, the Israeli-Palestinain conflict is “central” to the causes, though not the only one.

Formerly the Washington investigative producer for… More about James Bamford. James Bamford makes a convincing case that the United States was ill-served by our intelligence communities before in Pretext for War.

An anonymous CIA official tells that they were ordered, “If Bush wants to go to war, it’s your job to give him a reason to do so. Jun 09, Bamfore rated it it was ok. And our national goodwill and financial treasure have been eroded by amounts too vast to yet be fully appreciated. While under Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton the intelligence agencies were not supported properly, it is under Bush 43 that the executive has tried to force the intelligence to support policy.

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Now, when you consider that the above standard is often how many primary sources get treated by so-called journalists everywhere within the mainstream media, you begin to understand why Bamford’s heavy reliance on mainstream media articles and publications doesn’t help to bolster my overall confidence in the credibility of his arguments.

Those who critcize this book for what it is not – more conspiracy theory, are making a HUGE mistake by failing to appreciate it for what it is – a powerful indictment of W without using a single fact that can be disputed. The trend is away from public scrutiny, when, in my opinion, more is needed.


Nov 06, Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it. Read more Read less. A Game of Thrones. Bamfore argues that the main motive of Al-Qaeda for the destruction of the World Trade Center appears to be in retaliation to the immense support that Israel receives from America, and for America turning its back on the Palestinians.

Unfortunately the notes stop with the very page this source is first referenced, the last note relating to an unrelated quip made by Secretary Powell, presented a couple of paragraphs before this super-important anonymous is first referenced. Fkr Reprint edition May 10, Language: The Girl on the Train.

Proper democracy depends on an informed electorate. It’s more often simple re-writing of press releases, hear-say analysis, and one outlet copy-pasting the work of another outlet maybe with attribution ad absurdum until it’s worked its way magically into common-knowledge fact.

It seems Donald Rumsfeld considered the first Gulf War as unfinished business. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This sort of capricious adventurism is the real threat to our national security. More importantly, it outlines Bamford’s criticism of the performance of America’s intelligence agencies in a crisis. Nothing in this book did I dislike. The structure of the book then, reserved the set-out of the “pretext” for going to war in Iraq for its third-act.

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