James Moore, Emmy-winning national news correspondent and author of the bestselling Bush-bashing book Bush’s Brain, which documented Karl Rove’s true power behind the administration, now documents and exposes the numerous lies, deceptions and political manipulations of an administration bogged in a quagmire of its own making. But what makes this book stand out from many other Bush-bashings is the focus on the military men and women in Iraq and the suffering they endure because of the ideologies of a small group of neoconservative men whom have never seen battle themselves.
From the lack of WMD’s and the admission that the Iraqi war had nothing to do with real tangible intelligence information, to the growing number of casualties, both military and civilian, to the outrage of parents of dead soldiers who want answers from Bush but are stonewalled at every turn, this book will anger and enrage all but the coldest of hearts. Moore details with exhaustive research and personal interviews the truly dishonest and even fanatical underbelly of the current administration and their policies of preemptive war, religious extremism and total lack of regard for the young men and women sent off to fight wars that are decided upon in secret, in dark rooms where men like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld play God.
This book covers a lot of ground, including the war on terrorism and the dubiously connected Iraq invasion, as well as the shady dealings of the Bush administration with many of the terrorists we are now fighting against (Saddam included). Also documented is Bush’s own embarrassing military service record, including his AWOL status from the National Guard, the real story behind the Jessica Lynch ambush, and the death of U.S. Marines at the hands of an American fighter pilot, one of many “friendly fire” incidents now making the news.
Using many inside sources, including Joseph Wilson, whose CIA-operative wife was outed by Karl Rove and company, Moore provides us with a scary peek into the real goings on in the halls of the Bush administration, where plans are constantly being put into play to manipulate and distort media reports to frighten an ignorant public into submission. We also get a first-hand look at the mysterious voting fiascos that led to men such as right-wing nutcake Saxby Chambliss winning a Senatorial seat from the wildly popular Max Cleland in Georgia, a state riddled with signs of voting fraud and shifty touchscreen machines. Moore warns of future voting thefts if we do not demand paper ballots with provable results.
Moore touches upon every major issue facing the coming 2004 election, from the war that seems to have no end in sight, to the threat of the Patriot Act curtailing personal freedoms, to the agony of the soldiers and their families who no longer believe in the war they were sent to fight and die in. Some of the most enraging and emotionally draining material covers the personal tragedies of our men and women in uniform on the front lines of a war based upon lies, and the book ends with what, to me, is the most powerful three pages I have read in any book this year: an actual letter to president Bush from the father of First Lieutenant Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., USMC, who was killed in Iraq. This letter alone is reason to buy the book, and if it does not move you to tears, then you don’t have a heart.