Richard Clarke's dramatic statement to the grieving families
during the 9/11 Commission hearings touched a raw nerve across
America. Not only had our government failed to prevent the 2001
terrorist attacks, but it has proven itself, time and again,
incapable of handling the majority of our most crucial national
security issues, from Iraq to Katrina and beyond. This is not just
a temporary failure of our current leadership--it is a systemic
problem, the result of a pattern of incompetence that must be
understood, confronted, and prevented.
Clarke's first book, the number one bestseller "Against All
Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror," explained how the United
States had stumbled into a struggle with violent Islamist
extremists. Now, in "Your Government Failed You," Clarke looks at
why these unconscionable failures have continued and how America
and the world can succeed against the terrorists. Yet Clarke also
goes far beyond terrorism, to examine the inexcusable chain of
recurring U.S. government disasters. Despite the lessons of
Vietnam, there is Iraq. A trail of intelligence failures litters
the Washington landscape. From Katrina to color codes and duct
tape, "homeland security" has been an oxymoron. Why does the
superpower continue to bobble national security?
Clarke minces no words in his examination of the breadth and
depth of the mediocrity, entropy, and collapse endemic in America's
national security programs. In order for the United States to stop
its string of strategic mistakes, we first need to understand why
they happen. Drawing on his thirty years in the White House,
Pentagon, State Department, and intelligence community, Clarke
gives us a privileged, if horrifying, look into the debacle of
government policies, discovering patterns in the failures and
offering ways to stop the cycle once and for all.
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