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The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind takes you

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

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Published June 20th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2004)
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Mark
Dec 23, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 9-11
In his follow-up to the insightful, The Price of Loyalty, Suskind provides crucial insight into the mindset of the inner circle in the Bush White House in the wake of 9-11. The title refers to Dick Cheney's assertion that, if there is even a one percent chance that someone has the desire and the ability to inflict damage on the United States, our government must act as if it were a certainty. It is the panic-driven premise that warranted the administration's promulgation of preemptive war as a p ...more
زاهي رستم
لن أتحدث هنا عن الكتاب، والذي يؤكد بشكل أو بآخر أفكاري حول عصر بوش الصغير.. والذي ينطبق عليه القول: تأتيك الرفسة القوية من الحمار الضعيف، رغم أنه جمهوري (أي فيل وليس حمار).
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
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Jerome
Very interesting. Suskind provides interesting insight into the minds of the Bush administration as they tried to prevent more terrorist attacks after 9/11. It studies the administration's bold, novel doctrine of preemptive war. The title refers to Dick Cheney's assertion that, if there is even a one percent chance that someone has the desire and the ability to inflict damage on the United States, our government must act as if it were a certainty. This was the policy that led to the administrati ...more
Tom
Okay Mr. Suskind, I've checked you out and your credentials are impressive. Did the administration make mistakes? Absolutely! Was there corruption? Absolutely! Did anyone act exclusively in his/her own self interest? Absolutely not! (You'll disagree with me on this one.) Were individuals sacrificed for political ends? Of course! Were many actions taken with the best interest of the nation at heart? Absolutely! Sadly, the politics, shenanigans, backstabbing, loyal and unselfish work you describe ...more
Christopher
Existential poets/best rock band of the 90s Oasis opened some dates for U2 on their 1997 PopMart tour. During the course of this tour, U2 would walk out onto stage from a huge mechanical lemon. And, yes, one evening they got stuck, Spinal Tap-style and had to escape through the back of the lemon onto the stage. Anyway, addressing all of this nonsense with his usual trenchant criticism, Noel Gallagher expressed gratitude for getting to open for U2, but then wondered aloud if a 40 foot lemon was a ...more
Joe
Having read more than a handful of books on the Bush administration, the War on Terror, etc., I may have been a little late in getting to this one. And though some of the information contained here is now old news, there is enough new information to provide value.

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
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Mikey B.
An intriguing book that casts deep questions about the Bush administration. Mr. Suskind claims that Bush has swept aside logic and evidence in favour of intuition. He has also emasculated the CIA to prevent it from offering advice. It is changing into an organization that supports administrative policy. It leaves one wondering how former presidents tried the same thing with similar government organizations – the Pentagon and the military for example. What is most frightening is how much the Bush ...more
Damon
This is (another) book that I bought a while ago and didn't finish. So I thought I would read it, and I'm glad I did. It was interesting to read a book which is so up to its eyes in Bush regime politics from the post-Bush era. What I found most valuable was the emphasis and investigation of how important individual personalities are in shaping global events. Not just Bush but for all of the major players, Suskind talks about the idiosyncrasies and personalities as well as the decisions. It was l ...more
Leslie Stein
The best clear explanation for why we're in the mess we are in. Tells the story clearly with a feeling of sympathy for decision makers with out absolving them of responsibility.
Alex Goiran
Defining America's debatably necessary "dark side" as the place we must live and things we must do, whether we like it or not. Reads like a fast paced thriller except it's real. It adds dimension to a threat that some Americans are quick to reject or downplay. Protesting our response to one of the greatest threats we face just got a bit harder thanks to Suskind's important work. Not without criticism of the people involved or a sense of resignation given the magnitude of the problem, we are remi ...more
Justin Tapp
This book is on the bestsellers list. It's a great look into the methods that the U.S. used to snag terrorists and get information from them to catch more. You may remember various terror alerts throughout the years, like the one issued for the New York subway system. This book gives you the behind-the-scenes of why those alerts were issued and what information they were based on.

The "one percent doctrine" was crafted by Dick Cheney. Essentially, if there's a 1% chance that something will happen
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Jeremy
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Eric_W
Among other things I learned was that the big to-do when Zubeta was captured after a firefight and wounded was that the US flew the best U.S. physicians to Pakistan to treat him. He probably had the best medical care of anyone in the world so he could be completely healthy so they could torture him (no kidding.) The problem was that he was a crazy guy suffering from delusions. The CIA had all sorts of evidence that he knew nothing, was not a player, but acted as sort of the Al Qaeda travel agent ...more
Steven Peterson
In its time, a useful analysis of Iraq. . . .

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
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Tim
Journalist Ron Suskind’s book is half a decade old but is still quite pertinent today especially teetering toward 9/11 anniversary. He presents fairly much the same material and interviews similar personalities that we have read in Bob Woodward’s series like Bush at War, Plan of Attack, or State of Denial. Covering events from roughly 2000 to 2004, however, Suskind’s focus centers on a slender yet viral topic: the intrigues of Machiavellian puppet master Dick Cheney.

According to Suskind, as Vice
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Will Byrnes
Dick Cheney established the core of US policy regarding terrorism. If there is even a one percent possibility of an event happening, we must presume that it is a certainty and act accordingly. Thus has our foreign policy become driven purely by fear and suspicion, a marked separation from a history of basing our actions on knowledge and fact.

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
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Jed
A detailed and extensive look at the frantic, desperate "war on terror" after 911. The extent of the inaccuracy of our intelligence gathering, and the lengths we went to attain it--the introduction of rendition, spending incredible resources on what should have been obviously sketchy intelligence tortured out of prisoners willing to say anything--is more than disturbing.

Cheney's "one percent doctrine--the idea that if there's even a one percent chance that intelligence is correct, we should act
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Judith
I listened to the audio version.

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
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Jack
Insightful and definitely worth the time. I often found Susskind's colorful interjections irritating and gratuitous in a book so heavily based on analysis. At one point, for example, someone call "his lead FBI agent in Dubai..., a city whose longing, mercantile soul belongs to no country save that of desire." Huh? That kind of stuff just belong here, Ron.

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
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Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Billy
Mar 25, 2008 Billy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People behind on their Sy Hersh
Fascinating account, largely focused on Tenet and what Suskind calls the "invisibles" -- career intelligence officials and operatives who do the ground-level work of trying to infiltrate and thwart terrorist plans. Bush comes off in familiar fashion as uncurious about, and insulated from, the substantive analysis from CIA or others that provides more grey than black and white; however, the exploration of that proclivity lacks too much depth here, and seems to fall back on high-minded rhetoric. B ...more
David
A terrifying political thriller. In Suskind's new novel, a dim-witted religious convert stumbles into the presidency of the most powerful country in the world. What's truly terrifying, though, is the collection of buffoons he brings with him into office. Soon after taking office, their country suffers a devastating terrorist attack.

The response to this attack is predictably and tragicomically inappropriate, if not nonsensical. It revolves around an obscure and largely powerless tinpot dictator,
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Marcus
This is a good book, very easy to read and engaging. It does a fair job of appraising the Bush Administration's approach to protecting America following 9/11. The book focuses on an approach favored by Former VP Dick Cheney. His 1% doctrine that stated if there is a a 1% chance of an event happening, we should assume it is a certainty and act accordingly. The book outlines a number of threats the administration feared and how they tried to keep America safe. It covers a broad number of topics an ...more
Todd Martin
A well written an insightful view into some of the principle players in the first term of the Bush Administration.

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
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Michelle
I've always known that George W. Bush was likely our most stupid president, but seeing it writ large like this is still shocking. To read, even this many years later, how little interest he took in running the country, how easily swayed he was by the people around him and how poor his judgment was is astonishing. But more horrifying, and so timely now, is the parade of charlatans around him who led the country into an unnecessary war, who financially broke the country, and who are trying to take ...more
John McNeilly
Wonder why our government ignored it's own intelligence analysis about weapons of mass destruction in our rush to war in Iraq? This brilliantly reported book lays out in clear, convincing detail the complete transition of the Bush administration to one that relied less on evidential analysis to one of pure, gut reaction and instinct. The "one percent doctrine" was simply this: if there was a one percent chance of the U.S. being attacked, the proper response was to act immediately, regardless of ...more
Saadiq Wolford
Oct 12, 2007 Saadiq Wolford rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those not suffering from 9/11 fatigue
Whatever one may feel about the shape taken and tactics used in the "war on terror", Suskind's glimpse of the Bush administration's inner workings offers some insight into headlines we read almost every day.

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
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Edith
Very interesting insights into the administration (many formerly classified information) on how the Constitution and international laws were reinterpreted and 'bent' in the pursuit in the name of the "war on terror". The title refers to the Cheney doctrine that characterized US foreign policy during the Bush era - that the government will respond to a 1% threat to national security as a certainty, and shall react according. This way of thinking shifted the focus from evidence analysis to build a ...more
Nathan
Oct 29, 2007 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to work for the CIA.
Ron Suskind's work is consistently informative and engrossing. He made the Secretary of the Treasury a fascinating character in The Price of Loyalty. In The One Percent doctrine he continues his expose of the Bush administration, this time with a scathing look at how the US government goes about waging a war on terrorism. Much of the book puts sources and proof to things we've already heard about on CNN or read about in the New York Times. What's stunning about Suskind's work - and his skill as ...more
Lydia
Bravo Ron Suskind!What a tremendous Book. A character study of villians, heros, notables and invisisbles. The one percent doctrine- offered up by Dick Cheney states- if there is a one percent chance of a terrorist act, then the government has to respond. This is a profound policy ..if you consider that anything can have a one percent chance of happening.

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
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Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and best-selling author. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000 and has published several books: A Hope in the Unseen, The Price of Loyalty, The One Percent Doctrine, The Way of the World, Confidence Men, and Life, Animated. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his series ...more
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