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Douglas 1 Dylan Douglas The Contemporary American: America and the Middle East Professor Angus Kress Gillespie Wednesday, December 10, 2008 The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds, not in words. --Mohandas Gandhi Ron Suskind’s book, The One Percent Doctrine, is an in-depth look at America’s unprecedented efforts against terrorism, a highly complicated endeavor that requires modern strategy that has never been seen before. The war that is waged takes place after the events of 9/11 between America under the Bush administration and terrorists everywhere with specific attention to Al Qaeda. The attacks on America had a profound impact on its people as a whole and it served as a serious wake-up call. We were confronted with a need for intelligence that we did not have, making the necessary action a tough call to determine. One thing was for sure, the old tradition of warfare, strategies, and politics would have to be put behind America in the effort towards modernizing our outlook in order to target the modern threat. This needed intelligence and organization comes not merely from George Bush and Dick Cheney but from the experts and officials in various agencies such as the CIA and the FBI, all of which this book discusses. The many problems and difficulties associated with the effort of obtaining this imperative intelligence is the most notable element of this book. A great deal of information pertaining to specific insurgents, field agents, and top American officials is provided. Likewise, an even larger amount of events are described that provide a better understanding of what kind of threats exist and who posses those threats. The causes and effects of America’s actions and the actions of global nations are explored to great depth. The relations between nations and individuals are seen to be important in the story that outlines the course of events, which takes place from September 11 th to the 2004 elections. This book makes a valiant attempt at providing an understanding of the
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Douglas 2 complexity involved with the “War on Terror” and although it does not answer all questions (because in most cases there are no answers available) it does a remarkable job of explaining and providing additional understanding. The author’s tone of neutrality from the beginning of the book changes as the hard facts become understood and a tone of disagreement and blame takes shape. The recipients of this blame is not clear, but time will tell and due to the dishonesty associated with certain claims that the book discusses, that recipient might very well be President George W. Bush. On September 11
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