Bush vs. the Beltway: How the CIA and the State Department Tried to Stop the War on Terror

Laurie Mylroie, Author William Morrow & Company $25.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-058012-4
American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow Mylroie (coauthor, with Judith Miller, of Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf) here contends that the CIA and State Department, motivated by bureaucratic self-interest and a wrong-headed theory of terrorism that focuses on independent terrorist networks rather than terrorist states, have obstructed the investigation into the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Fortunately, President Bush is""an actual hero"" who pushed ahead with the invasion of Iraq despite the intelligence bureaucrats' efforts to undermine him with nay-saying leaks. Mylroie's thesis hinges on her demonstration of a compelling case pointing to Saddam's possession of weapons of mass destruction and sponsorship of Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, this mainly amounts to a rehash of the Bush Administration rationale for war that has generated so much skepticism. What new information she does offer is usually a matter of suppositions, probabilities and""suggestive leads."" Particularly weak is her attempt to link Saddam to the 2001 anthrax attacks, which rests on a few cryptic Iraqi media statements and a process of elimination. As for the failure to find any WMDs in Iraq, she can only speculate that they were hidden, sent abroad or""destroyed in a final, cunning act of revenge."" Ostensibly an expose of intelligence failures in the war on terrorism, the book itself offers mostly murky intelligence.
Reviewed on: 08/01/2003
Release date: 08/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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