It cannot be said that the Bush administration buried their heads in the sand,” Gannon wrote, “rather they held their heads above the clouds looking for incoming missiles, intent on preparing for a high-tech war in space.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 07, 2012
The Bush Administration was asleep at the gate on September 11, 2001, according to James Gannon, former NBC producer and writer, and author of the new book, “The Reckless Presidency of George W. Bush.”
As the nation marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and honors the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on that tragic day, ‘Reckless Presidency’ reconstructs the Bush Administration indifference in the months leading up to the attacks.
From there, the book probes a series of “reckless” Republican policies that, among other disasters, plunged the nation into a costly and unnecessary war in Iraq and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a crisis that still haunts the American and global economies.
The chapter on 9/11 highlights warnings Bush and his chief advisors received from the outgoing Clinton Administration, the CIA, and the carryover White House terrorism-watch coordinator, Richard Clarke. In response to Clarke’s repeated warnings, Bush told National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, “I’m tired of swatting flies.”
“It cannot be said that the Bush administration buried their heads in the sand,” Gannon wrote, “rather they held their heads above the clouds looking for incoming missiles, intent on preparing for a high-tech war in space.” By 9/11, Bush had already committed the nation to building an advanced version of the Star Wars initiative first proposed by President Reagan in 1983.
Clarke, as the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, shared intelligence pouring into his office in June and July 2001 that something big was about to happen. By July, the U.S. and its allies were on high alert, and special precautions were taken, among them to safeguard the G-8 economic summit in Genoa, Italy. In mid-July, word came through that the “spectacular” event was on hold for two months, and in September, the terrorists struck.
On the domestic side, Reckless Presidency covers tax cuts that helped turn a budget surplus into crushing debt, censorship of government climate scientists, the partial privatization of Medicare (and the attempted privatization of Social Security), and the deregulation that helped bring on the Great Recession. Incidentally, 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney supports the same failed policies that brought America to the brink under Bush.
The Reckless Presidency of George W. Bush is available as an e-book ($8.99 U.S.) or paperback ($16.95 U.S.) through online retailers and bookstores nationwide including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Powell's and more.
About James Gannon
Gannon is a former NBC producer and writer who specializes in political and economic reporting. In the 1980s, he produced four, one-hour, award-winning documentaries, including two cited for excellence in economic reporting. He is the author of three other non-fiction books, “Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies: How Spies and Codebreakers Helped Shape the Twentieth Century”; “Military Occupations in the Age of Self-Determination: The History Neocons Neglected,” and “Obama’s War: Avoiding Quagmire in Afghanistan.”