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Bush's War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People
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A news-breaking exposé of the Bush administration's rush to war, from the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Bush's Brain.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes account, veteran journalist James Moore reveals how the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a key goal of the Bush administration from the very beginning — and a critical component of the president's reelection strategy. Drawing on high-level sources inside the administration and the military, Moore weaves together a multifaceted narrative that probes the political underpinnings of the administration's push for an Iraq war, exposes efforts during the war (and after) to manipulate perceptions of U.S. military success, and contrasts it all to the ultimate price paid by soldiers duped into believing they were fighting for a just cause, not for political gain.
Moore takes us inside strategy meetings at the White House and the Pentagon, revealing the political calculus behind critical military decisions. He examines the administration's unprecedented efforts to control and withhold information, including in-depth discussions with Joseph C. Wilson, husband of Valerie Plame, the CIA operative allegedly exposed by Karl Rove. Moore also gives us an uncensored view of combat in Iraq, reporting opinions of a senior Air Force source and troops on the ground; he shows how the war's first American casualty actually died, and reveals what really happened to Jessica Lynch's unit.
Finally, Moore uncovers what might be in store if Bush wins reelection: the use of Iraq as a forward base in the fight against terrorism, and where the war may go next. Publishing at the height of the presidential election season next spring, Bush's War for Reelection is sure to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
"In this scathing indictment, Jim Moore adds to our reasons for doubt. He exposes the fibs and half-truths....This book will make you mad. It might even make you vote." Robert Bryce, author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron
"Jim Moore takes you into the minds of the warriors on the battlefield and to the heart of the decisions that put them there. A brilliant, unconventional look at war and its aftermath." Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer, Dallas Morning News
"James Moore masterfully details how Bush's war for reelection has real victims: the families of soldiers who have died in Iraq and American citizens who have dared to tell the truth. This exhaustively researched book exposes the dishonest underside of an administration that claims integrity as its calling card." Mark Karlin, Editor, BuzzFlash.com
Book News Annotation:
Drawing primarily on interviews, journalist Moore offers an account that interweaves human-interest stories of the impact of the war on families with some documentation of the holes in Bush's military service records.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bush's War for Reelection explores the current conflict with Iraq, the moral questions raised by one nation declaring war against another, and the political effort to help George W. Bush win a second term in office through this war. Using deep resources and contacts within the Bush administration and the media, the authors skillfully narrate the drama of combat and presidential reelection politics as they unfold. As that human context is unveiled, the reader will also be shown the unseen maneuvering and political strategies that will hopefully push George W. Bush to victory in the 2004 elections.
Bush's War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People goes inside the White House and the Pentagon to show how the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a Bush goal before 9/11?and how 9/11 became the justification. Bestselling author James Moore examines the unprecedented efforts by the Bush administration to suppress and distort intelligence, and withhold the truth from the American public, including an in-depth discussion with Joseph C. Wilson, the former ambassador, whose CIA agent wife was allegedly exposed by Bush operative Karl Rove.
Using his deep resources and contacts, Moore takes you inside the war and provides a view of combat in Iraq, which the U.S. government has managed to keep from the American public. Senior officers and troops on the ground tell Moore exactly what happened in the war's opening days, including the real causes of the ambush of the 507th Mechanized Company where Jessica Lynch served. Exclusive interviews and documents also detail how the deaths in Charlie Company at the Battle of Nasiriyah were connected to the tragedy of the 507th, and how an American fighter pilot appears to have killed U.S. Marines.
James Moore also interviews a Lieutenant Colonel from the Texas Air National Guard who claims to have witnessed "embarrassments" being removed from the Guard records of President Bush. And he tells the emotional stories of military families committed to the service of America, and how they are coping with the loss of their loved ones. Bush's War for Reelection carefully explores the moral questions related to pre-emptive war and its effects on the future of all Americans.
Drawing on high-level sources in the Bush administration, the U.S. military, media, political operatives, and the families of soldiers who are doing the fighting and dying, Moore exposes the political and economic underpinnings of the rush to war. In the final analysis, the devotion and trust of American troops have been taken advantage of by a White House that has skillfully manipulated perceptions of the war on terrorism and Saddam Hussein.
Combining the dramatic tension of combat with the intrigue of presidential and global politics, Bush's War for Reelection delivers a version of current affairs and recent U.S. history, which, until now, had gone unwritten.
About the Author
James Moore (Austin, TX) is an Emmy Award-winning television news correspondent with more than a quarter century of journalistic experience. He has covered every presidential campaign since 1976, and his reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. He is the coauthor of the 2003 New York Times bestseller Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.
Table of Contents
PART I: CAUGHT BY THE CHILL.
1. No Guns, No Glory.
2. A Beautiful Lie.
3. Boys at War.
4. A Few Young Men.
5. Pioneers of a Warless World.
6. The Awful Power.
PART II: JUST WALK AWAY.
7. Rewards of Service.
8. Bird of Pray.
9. The Ghost Soldier.
10. Flying Colors.
11. A Congressman’s Son.
12. Men Such as These.
PART III: COUNTING CASUALTIES.
13. Memorial Days.
14. At War with Mr. Wilson.
15. Soldier Down.
16. The Pokorney Girls.
Epilogue : Johnny Came Home.
A Letter to the President from the Father of a Fallen Marine.
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