Did Bush & Cheney use this for their playbook? If so, they weren't as successful.
Plot continuation of The Third Option and the two should be read in order to make the most sense. The series is best read in order to get any character development. Political intrigue plays a significant role. Irene Kennedy plays a small role despite her position as Director of the CIA. Rapp's personal life creates more of a diversion, than an integral part of the story, but it does give some clue to future personal developments.