Friday, May 30, 2008

Book Review "Shadow Warriors"

I read Kenneth Timmerman's book, "Shadow Warriors" a while ago. I was a bit concerned when I started reading it that it might be a right-wing version of the fevered conspiracy theories coming out of the left with alarming frequency these days. But after the first 100 or so pages I understood that Timmerman had tightly documented his claims and had provided evidence for the perfidy of the people he names here as traitors to our country.

[Click on the title above, or date stamp below, to see the full post.]

The basic premise of the book is that there are elements within the CIA and State Department that essentially refuse any responsibility to those elected to direct and oversee them, and which work to subvert the aims of those elected officials and in extreme cases to overthrow them in whatever way possible. Timmerman isn't coy about the identities of these people--he names names and provides details of their efforts to force an American loss in Iraq and to keep any oversight from lessening their grip on the control of their respective bureaucratic fiefdoms. He also points out the mostly Democratic legislators who collude with these traitors in attempting to undermine the President of the United States.

George Bush doesn't get off scot-free in this, however. The president is shown to be too willing to compromise with his opponents in the hope of reaching some non-existent middle ground. Evidently this tactic stood him in good stead as governor of Texas. But in Washington it just cedes the high ground to the enemy, the permanent government, and demoralizes the people working for the administration who come to realize that no one has their backs.

If you're not aware of just how rotten things have become within our diplomatic and intelligence communities, you need to read this book. If you are already aware, you still need to read this book to use as ammunition against all those who will parrot the disinformation provided to them by the permanent government through their public information arm, the mainstream media.

No comments:

Post a Comment

We reserve the right to delete comments, but the failure to delete any particular comment should not be interpreted as an endorsement thereof.

In general, we expect comments to be relevant to the story, or to a prior comment that is relevant; and we expect some minimal level of civility. Defining that line is inherently subjective, so try to stay clear of insulting remarks. If you respond to a comment that is later deleted, we may take your response with it. Deleting your comment isn't a personal knock on you, so don't take it as such.

We allow a variety of ways for commenters to identify themselves; those who choose not to do so should take extra care. Absent any prior context in which they may be understood, ironic comments may be misinterpreted. Once you've earned a reputation for contributing to a conversation, we are likely to be more tolerant in those gray areas, as we'll understand where you're coming from.