By George Tenet
From Publishers Weekly Former CIA director guiding principle leaves the most vocal tasks for this audio within the able fingers of Conger (who additionally lately narrated *The Reagan Diaries*). but in interpreting either the short creation and lengthy-but hugely compelling-afterword, guideline demonstrates a command of the spoken notice that makes one ask yourself why he didn't deal with his personal narration. although, the 2 males venture a appropriate variety and tone, conveying deeply own emotion in the obstacles of professionalism and decorum. guideline doesn't turn away from acknowledging his personal accountability in controversies concerning terrorism and the Iraq battle, yet he additionally takes a number of key political leaders to job for scapegoating the intelligence neighborhood within the wake of unpopular coverage. The musical interludes at first and finish of every CD serve to take care of the cloak and dagger atmosphere. those that wish to skim the skin of reports occasions could locate the size taxing, yet listeners able to circulate past the headlines and right into a wider international of nuanced complexity might be greater than happy. Copyright © Reed enterprise details, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist guiding principle, former director of the CIA, has eventually introduced his long-anticipated e-book. It was once imagined to offer historical past and perception into the occasions of September eleven in addition to the lead-up (and crumple) of the Iraq conflict. yet such a lot readers will locate that Tenet's hodgepodge of evidence tangled with homey anecdotes, excuses, and mea culpas will depart them as burdened as ever. Alternately offering himself because the folksy Greek American child from Queens and the high-charging energy dealer, guiding principle is happy with the various issues the CIA did correct lower than his cost, reminiscent of disrupting terrorist assaults top as much as 9-11 (while, after all, lacking the large one), and he writes feverishly approximately successes in Afghanistan and somewhere else through the attempting months later on. The booklet is at its most sensible portray simply how harmful, complicated, and onerous these days have been. Then comes the distraction from terrorism that was once Iraq, and in keeping with guiding principle, universal goal disappeared in Washington, and interagency war reigned. Cheney comes out taking a look undesirable, and Rice worse, yet a lot of the blame for the ill-preparedness is going to the marginally lower-level neocons: Wolfowitz, Libby, et al. As for the president, guideline likes him––a lot. yet in a telling few pages, Bush retains attempting to get neocon favourite Ahmed Chalabi off the payroll, and nobody can pay slightly realization to him. Turning those pages is like strolling via mirrors. Cooper, Ilene *Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved*
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Stephen “Steve” Hadley, deputy national security advisor (2001–2005). John Hannah, a member of the vice president’s staff. Zalmay Khalilizad, senior director for Gulf and Southwest Asia, National Security Council (2001–2003). Anthony “Tony” Lake, national security advisor (1993–1997), Director of Central Intelligence nominee 1997. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to the vice president (2001–2005). John Podesta, White House chief of staff (1998–2001). Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor (2001–2005).
Ahmad Ressam, an Algerian, involved in a plot to bomb Los Angeles Airport; sentenced to twenty-two years in prison in 2005. Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a Yemeni, involved in planning the 9/11 attacks; captured in Pakistan in 2002. Yazid Sufaat, a Malaysian, suspected of providing operational support to 9/11 hijackers and al-Qa’ida, “CEO of anthrax”; arrested by Malaysian authorities in 2001. Ramzi Yousef, nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), involved in planning the 1993 World Trade Center attack; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.
Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress. Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq (1979–2003). Husayn Kamil, Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah Shawani, chief of Iraqi Special Forces during the Iran-Iraq war. PAKISTANIS Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, head of ISI, the Pakistan Inter-Service Intelligence agency (1999–2001). Aimal Kasi, Pakistani terrorist, killed two CIA employees outside CIA headquarters in 1993; executed in 2002. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan (aka A. Q. Khan), father of the Pakistani nuclear weapons program.