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Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security [Hardcover]

Robert Patterson
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1 Mar 2003
Lt Col Robert 'Buzz' Patterson exposes the terrifying, behind-the-scenes story of the years when the most irresponsible President in our history had his finger on the nuclear trigger. This is the inside story of the damage Bill Clinton did to the US military and how he compromised national security. From his laughable salutes, to his arrogant, anti-military staffers, the message came through loud and clear: the Clinton Administration had nothing but contempt for America's men and women in uniform. For two years, Patterson was the White House military aide who carried the 'nuclear football', which provides the President with remote nuclear strike capabilities. What he witnessed is shocking.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261403
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,457,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson, author of Dereliction of Duty, was a military aide to President Clinton from May 1996 to May 1998 and one of five individuals entrusted with carrying the "nuclear football"--the bag containing the codes for launching nuclear weapons. This responsibility meant that he spent a considerable amount of time next to the president, giving him a unique perspective on the Clinton administration. Though he arrived at the job "filled with professional devotion and commitment to serve", he left believing that Clinton had "sown a whirlwind of destruction upon the integrity of our government, endangered our national security, and done enormous harm to the American military in which I served."

Dereliction of Duty is not a personal attack on President Clinton or a commentary on his various scandals; rather, it is a "frank indictment of his obvious--to an eyewitness--failure to lead our country with responsibility and honor." Lt Col Patterson offers a damning list of anecdotes and charges against the President, including how Clinton lost the nuclear codes and shrugged it off; how he stalled and lost the opportunity to launch a direct strike on Osama bin Laden at a confirmed location; how the President and the First Lady, and much of their staff, consistently treated members of the military with disrespect and disdain; and how Clinton groped a female Air Force enlisted member while aboard Air Force One, among other incidents large and small. A considerable portion of this slim book is devoted to the myriad ways in which President Clinton undermined the military, and hence the security, of the nation. He seriously questions Clinton's decisions to send troops to Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti and Bosnia to accomplish non-military tasks without clear objectives. Having participated in each of these engagements, Lt Col Patterson personally "experienced the frustration of needlessly wasted lives, effort and national prestige" as well as the alarmingly low morale that Clinton inspired.

This is certainly not the first anti-Clinton book, but it is different in that Patterson does not seem to have a political axe to grind. In fact, at times, he appears apologetic about having to write about his ex-commander in chief. Yet, in the end, this retired soldier felt his last act of service should be to share his experience with his country. --Shawn Carkonen, Amazon.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Damning Indictment 27 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you are a liberal Clinton lover, and there are still some of these poor souls around, nothing in here will change your opinion - there are none so blind as those who will not see. If you live on Planet Earth this will let you know just how nasty, corrupt, venal,and utterly disregardful of anything that entailed dedication to upholdng the principles of decent Government, and the respect of others,the Clintons were. Utterly despicable people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Poor Commander In Chief 20 Aug 2003
Format:Hardcover
In DERELICTION OF DUTY Lt. Col. Patterson describes his experiences in the Clinton White House as one of the keepers of the little black bag known as the "nuclear football."
He was stationed at the White House from 1996 until 1998.
Patterson portrays at least two instances when President Clinton shows a serious disregard for national security. One situation involves a missed opportunity to attack Osama Bin Laden because Clinton does not want to stop watching a golf tournament. Another time Clinton loses the nuclear codes which are never found.
Perhaps the most important revelation of the book concerns the entrenched anti-military attitude prevalent among Clinton, Gore and the entire White House Staff. Some of the occasions reflecting this mood may seem merely childish such as requiring military aides to carry Clinton's golf clubs. The real problem is that the anti-military bias resulted in policies which have long-term consequences for American national security.
The legacy of the Clinton presidency described in DERELICTIONS OF DUTY demonstrates the widespread damage done to American military and intelligence capabilities during the eight irresponsible years of the Clinton-Gore reign. Americans need to be very thankful that Clinton is no longer their commander-in-chief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review the reviews 26 Mar 2003
By S. Elwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are curious about this book, then do one thing: review all of the following 35 reviews for it. You will quickly notice that the reviews give the book either five stars or one star (there are two with three stars, but they are the exceptions). Those who give the book five stars discuss the content of the book while those who give it one star disparage the author. A few of them also call the book a pack of lies, but don't give examples, except for one. A reader from St. Paul Minnesota said: "Unlike what Mr. Patterson here says, the President doesn't carry around the launch codes. One of his aides does that, in a briefcase. So if the codes were lost, it wasn't President Clinton that lost them. This is just one of the many untruths to be found in this book."
The BBC press on April 26, 1999, published an article entitled "World: Americas Clinton drops nuclear football." It details how President Clinton did in fact leave behind the nuclear football--as well as the aide it was attached to. "A Reader" is clearly not apprised of the facts, and his opinioon may be discounted as uninformed.
Also, reviewer Edwin Carr from Boston on March 21 said: "a distinguished officer like himself, who took the same oath that I did, to protect and serve an American President and maintain his confidences and protect the job and position of the President of the United States, could fail the oath he swore to protect. Buzz should be ashamed that he has betrayed the confidence of all of us who were privileged to serve a President. He betrayed his leader, who he chose to serve. He betrayed his country for divulging secrets he swore to protect."
Mr. Carr should be reminded that the consitutional oath he refers to is an oath to the people of the United States and not to one specific leader. Only leaders like Saddam require an oath to a specific leader, and that it is Clinton who betrayed his country and HIS oath. Patterson is merely giving details.
In conclusion, I would suggest you do yourself a favor: buy this book and use the web to verify the allegations contained in it. You will quickly learn that for what can be verified, the writer is right on the money.
74 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A searing indictment... 22 Mar 2003
By jmk444 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is sure to be loudly denounced and vehemently derided, but coming, as it does, from a member of Clinton's own military security detail, it will most likely never be debunked.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson penned "Dereliction of Duty" after his retirement because he would never have been able to publish this kind of information while working for the government.
"Dereliction of Duty" is a gripping, yet horrifying read that'll have you realizing how lucky the U.S. was during the eight year Clinton/Gore Administration. One of the most damning charges is that Clinton once lost the "nuclear football," the suitcase that carries this country's nuclear launch codes. Clinton's response, according to Patterson, was a cavalier, "I'll track'em down guys."
You'll also read about the time in 1998 that Clinton blew off his National Security Advisor so he could finish a round of golf, while stealth-bombers, engines running, their pilots in the cockpits, sat on a Mid-East tarmac until the cover of darkness was lost and a vital mission against Saddam Hussein was called off.
Patterson also gives an entirely new look at the "Black Hawk Down" story, with Clinton denying the troops the weaponry they requested, then sending them into harm's way and ultimately blaming the disaster on his Secretary of Defense.
"Dereliction of Duty" is a searing indictment of the Clinton administration from an insider's view.
This book deserves to be read by every American!
111 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounding the Alarm! 3 Aug 2003
By Stacey B. Castleberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A huge military operation, tensed and poised to launch air strikes on Iraq needed a nod from the president before dawn broke and the window of opportunity closed. But the Commander-in-Chief didn't want to be bothered to take the call. He was busy watching a golf tournament with his friend. His response more than once was "I'll get back to him later."

The situation room was crowded as America's counterterror network had Osama bin Laden in its gun sights and was begging the White House for permission to strike, but the president had managed to "disappear" for a while and could not be located to give the order. The results of that missed opportunity fell to his wife's senatorial state.
Once the president, as he was leaving for a round of golf, lost the secret nuclear codes for the 24/7 nuclear football that the military aide carrried for him. The SECOND time he lost them, they were never found.
Hillary banned military uniforms from the White House. After it was observed that it didn't go over well politically, they were grudgingly approved for wear ONLY at official functions.
When the red carpet was rolled out for our president and each individual staff member at a sleepover stop in Holland, they left with all of the liquor and stole the crystal as a special PR "thank you" to the gracious hosts.
On the very frequently used Air Force One, our Commander-in-Chief committed a crime that, had he actually been SERVING in the armed forces would have put him in prison.
President #42 was so concerned about the tornado torn state of FL that when he was being flown over it to see the damage, he simply could not take time out from his card game to actually look up to peer out the window, except for a brief second when the press helicopter flew by for a photo op.
These are tidbits from the book and what was apparently an 8 year long party at the White House that still needs a mop up from the current administration.
The apolitical Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson may think his long and distinguished military career was his greatest service to this country, but it wasn't. Writing this book in an effort to wake up a sleeping America is his most courageous and heroic contribution. It's not the truth that sets anyone free, it's KNOWING the truth that does. Many "salutes" to this USAF retiree.
Why did he write this book? In his words, "We must never allow the purveyors of such dangerous military policy and irresponsible foreign policy claim the power of the presidency again."
Yes, there are also interesting insights into VP Al Gore, and on the real person in charge (Hillary) of this Peter Pan presdident that are not to be missed.
Definitely buy this explosive book and hang onto it like it was the nuclear football for future reference, unless of course you'd like to pass it to your fellow Americans who'd like to avoid another national disaster,too.
37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Ed Klein's Book - This is the Real Deal! 6 July 2005
By Truth Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With all the hoopla and consternation about the new Hillary book, this book, also a bestseller, seems to have been lost in the fray. Klein's book is good, very descriptive. But Patterson's book has much more meat!

Unlike the previous reviewer who pointed to two minor anecdotes, this book focuses, much more importantly, on the real issues. How Bill Clinton lost the nuclear codes! How Bill Clinton passed on killing Osama bin Laden! How Hillary ruled the White House and became president during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Why did the military not respect the Clintons? It wasn't Hillary's confusion over military acronyms...it was their combined lack of leadership, lack of values, and no morals. Patterson uses hundreds of examples not just the few mentioned earlier.

Another important point: Patterson was a career military officer with the ultimate security clearances. He, apparently, chose not to write about the Clintons until he retired from service. His writing is heart-felt and sometimes a bit painful. He's not taking joy...he seems to be compelled.
80 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to objectivity? 29 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book that has clearly hit raw nerves among the "vast left-wing conspiracy" as seen from the comments of the 1-star reviewers.
Lt-Col Patterson has done a great job of presenting his criticisms in an interesting and yet matter-of-fact, non-sensational manner. Not for him the hyped-up rhetoric so often used by partisan commentators (e.g. the 1-star reviewers) to disguise the lack of substance in what they have to say.
To the 1-star reviewers who criticise the author's claims as being unsubstantiated, you should consider that the author, if he is making up stories, risks being publicly discredited or sued. None of the 1-star reviews that I have read directly refute any of the incidents described by the author. Have Americans become so polarised and partisan that they have lost all sense of objectivity? (One reveiwer even said that Clinton managed to thwart all terrorist attacks during his presidency. Duh! Did you read the book? Do Riyadh, Al Khobar, Tanzania, Kenya, the USS Cole ring any bells? You cannot be objective if you don't rely on facts).
The 1-star reviewers who remark that the book is irrelevant because Clinton is no longer president appear to have lost the plot. Do you not think that the Clintons will try to get back to the White House (so that they can sell more nights in the Lincoln bedroom)? This is what makes the book so important.
The bottomline? It does not matter what the author's motives are. If what he says is true, it is a serious indictment of the Clintons' suitability to be leaders. Don't shoot the messenger; listen to the message even if it is painful to your ears.
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