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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Poor Commander In Chief, 20 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security (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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