Academic journal article Military Review

THEY JUST DON'T GET IT: How Washington Is Still Compromising Your Safety and What You Can Do about It

Academic journal article Military Review

THEY JUST DON'T GET IT: How Washington Is Still Compromising Your Safety and What You Can Do about It

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THEY JUST DON'T GET IT: How Washington is Still Compromising Your Safety and What You Can Do About It, David Hunt, Crown Publishing Group, Random House, Inc, New York, 2005, 252 pages, $25.95.

David Hunt has written a book about a subject that should make every American reader angry and rightfully so. Unfortunately, his tone, his personal attacks on leaders at every level, and his use of profanity for profanity's sake combine to produce a book that should not have been published in its current form.

Hunt introduces compelling information to support his position that the government is not making much headway in the War on Terrorism mainly because individuals and government agencies simply do not understand the problem. However, by making personal attacks on government officials, Hunt causes the reader to question his objectivity. For example, when he introduces Sandy Berger, the former National security Advisor, Hunt refers to him as Sandy "I Ain'tGoing-to-No-Stinking-Vietnam" Berger. What does not going to Vietnam have to do with Berger's ability to perform his duties?

If the reader is willing to wade through such ad hominems, this book is full of convincing examples of how commanders, government agencies, and national leaders missed opportunities to snatch or kill terrorist leaders. For example, Hunt shows how we wasted actionable intelligence by allowing Al-Qaeda operatives to escape two weeks into the invasion of Afghanistan. …

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