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This is an amazing inside look into the real workings of the CIA. Mr. Baer tells it like it is. He gives names, dates and details in describing the front line secret wars of an agency hamstrung by inept and out of touch bureaucrats in Washington. A crisis of confidence, internal betrayal, and post cold-war apathy has led to a tragic inability to effectively carry out the mission of the CIA. I am surprised that some of the revelations could be published--and as you read this book you will find yourself hoping that the critical lessons from the author's 25 years of experience are not missed by the US politicians, policy makers and bureaucrats charged with protecting the interests of Americans. As 9-11 demonstrated, the CIA or something like it is more relevant than ever, but the organization has been broken. Robert Baer presents chilling and convincing evidence that we must be willing to change our system and mentaliity or we will inevitably suffer more tragic conseqences that might otherwise be prevented.
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Though the author had left the CIA prior to 9/11, the real war on terror has been going on for decades... only our enemies were fighting it while our leadership largely focused on other issues. Robert Baer was a front-line CIA case officer committed since the early 1980's to finding out more about radical Islam, the shadowy networks that formed and dissipated in its periodic headline-grabbing assaults against "the Great Satan," and which countries provided not-so-silent support for the attacks.
The audiobook is disappointingly short--I found myself yearning for the breadth and detail of The Company--but well worthwhile. Forget about the tired, ivory-tower academic treatments of Islam if what you want is a who's who of the cast of characters that are nostalgic for the 1300's and see us as the primary obstacle to imposing Allah's will on all humanity.
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