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Preview — The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11
deep inside America's real battles in the "war on terror," in a riveting work
of narrative nonfiction, filled with exclusive, historically significant
disclosures that will echo across America and the world
The One Percent Doctrine is the deeply classified core of America's real playbook: a defau...more
بداية أعترف أن الديموقراطية الأمريكية فاشلة، وهذا يؤكده وصول بوش الأحمق إلى سدة الحكم (وقد أثببت دراسات العالم الفرنسي أروو صعوبة الديمقراطية من الناحية الرياضية).. وضعف هذا الرئيس برر قوة الرجل الثاني ديك تشيني، والآنسة رايس.. وهو ما جعل التشيني يقترح ويطبق نظرية الواحد بالمائة.. ولكن هنا تبرز المشكلة.. فأمريكا تطالبنا أن نكو ...more
First the premise of this book, (based on its title), suggests, (okay - states), that the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policy since 9/11 has been based on a negative, i.e. rather than proving a threat before reacting, the US Int ...more
The "one percent doctrine" was crafted by Dick Cheney. Essentially, if there's a 1% chance that something will happen ...more
One more in a series of works that suggests dysfunction in American foreign policy decision-making. . . . Suskind identified a series of problems at the time the book came out: Sectarian conflict threatened civil war in Iraq; success in Afghanistan was problematic; the current Israeli-Hezbollah-Hamas conflict threatened to worsen relations in the Middle East. Proclaiming reality is one thing; seeing the increasingly questionable results is another. In ...more
According to Suskind, as Vice ...more
The president is interested in action only, almost never on analysis. Thus, instead of pushing his agencies to get the best understanding of the hows and w ...more
Cheney's "one percent doctrine--the idea that if there's even a one percent chance that intelligence is correct, we should act ...more
I have read enough about the events taking place after 9/11/2001 to have a grasp of the general way Bush handled this attack. This book fills in a lot of gaps and makes me even more horrified than I was before.
Bush's character and operational behavior is well-known. He is a man of "action", not contemplation. He doesn't read; instead he likes to dive in, take some sort of action. And that is what happened after 9/11. He wanted to DO something and he did.
The "one ...more
On analytic points though, Suskind does a good job of showing how the one percent doctrine came so heavily to define the Bush Administration's ...more
As the debate over who did what in the buildup to the war in Iraq moves from newspapers' front pages into history books, former Wall Street Journal writer Ron Suskind continues to build the case against the Bush administration. As with his previous book, The Price of Loyalty (reviewed but not rated in our July/Aug 2004 issue), Suskind has privileged access to his subject, and reviewers note more than a few revelatory journalistic scoops. Even though he's clearly no fan of Bush and Company, he's...more
The response to this attack is predictably and tragicomically inappropriate, if not nonsensical. It revolves around an obscure and largely powerless tinpot dictator, ...more
Though much of the information is old news by now (2008), the book provides perspective into 'how' and 'why' certain events played out as they did in the initial response to 9/11.
Individuals are portrayed in a fair, but largely unflattering light. Given the manner in which the subsequent 4 years have played out, Suskind was, as a whole, rather generous.
The author gives a big wet kiss ...more
There are some bombshells and interesting threads to the book - the CIA's struggle to marry fact with the administration's PR campaign for war, the attack on the NYC subway system that was curiously called off by al Qaeda rather than prevented by authorities - but Suskind's repetitive accoun ...more
With such a hypothesis, Cheney, Bush and a few other notables turn their eyes to Iraq as the experimental country. What makes this book interest ...more