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Ever so slightly obfuscating I fear.
on 30 March 2013
This is an interesting, readable and informative book. However, it only tells half the story and in a deceptive way. It also comes across as sycophantic using the Vulcans' (the Gods of Fire) epithet for themselves rather than something more appropriate such as the Vultures. It depicts Dublya's (G W Bush's)team as evolving it's policy of pre-emptive warfare against Iraq from 9/11 onwards. It also mentions The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) which released its Statement of Principles in 1997 and was signed by 3 of the Vultures, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz (which Mann does also not mention). "The (PNAC's) goal of regime change in Iraq remained the consistent position of PNAC throughout the 1997-2000 Iraq disarmament crisis" (quoted from the Wikipedia article) is also not mentioned by Mann. It is inconceivable that Mann as Senior Writer in Residence to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies would not know who signed or what was contained in the PNAC Statement of Principles. Mann therefore deliberately conceals the under the radar manipulation of the US to war with Iraq by PNAC not to mention it's call for a Pear Harbour event to get the population (9/11) behind a series of other invasions including Lybia, Syria and Iran. The book is therefore an apologist/lighting conductor type operation to deceive the world in general about the hegemonistic ambitions of a hidden cabal in the US.