David Frum, a former special assistant to President George
W. Bush, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
and a contributing editor of National Review.
Richard Perle served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush. He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
From one former and one present Bush staffer comes a highly charged domestic and foreign policy manifesto for dealing with the terrorist threat. In delivering their "manual for victory" for the war on terror, Frum (The Right Man) and Perle (a mamber of the Defense Policy Board) urge "a new commitment to security at home, a new audacity in our strategy abroad, and a new boldness in the advocacy of American ideals." In direct, often bulleted prose, the authors voice strong support for President Bush's current policies and initiatives, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and for his policy of preemptive strikes where there is a perceived threat. They also push for a more vigilant "self-policed" America, the use of national ID cards, unwavering support for Israel, a hard line with Libya, Syria and the Saudis, and indifference toward European governments that stand in our way. The book's most compelling argument, however, is for the need to reform the bureaucracy that failed us on 9/11-this includes both the CIA and the FBI, as well as the need to better enforce existing immigration laws. Despite the authors' insider resumes, little here is groundbreaking. Many of their opinions and arguments are those debated daily in the media. The book is also highly partisan-former President Clinton is treated with contempt, described as "weak-willed" and "lacking the character" to deal properly with the budding threat posed by Osama bin Laden or with Saddam Hussein's expulsion of U.N. inspectors. Nevertheless, this is a comprehensive, no-nonsense primer on the conservative approach to handling the terrorist threat. (Jan. 6) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Frum (The Right Man) and Perle, former assistant secretary of defense, are on the lookout for the next generation of terrorists-while having some unkind things to say about France, Saudi Arabia, and the UN. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"A not completely crazy case can be made that the most influential
thinker in the foreign-policy apparatus of the Administration of
George W. Bush during its first two years was not one of the
familiar members of the gold-shielded Praetorian Guard-not Dick
Cheney or Colin Powell, not Condi or Rummy, not Tenet or
Wolfowitz-but, rather, a forty-two-year-old Canadian named David
Frum." -Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
"[Richard Perle is the] intellectual guru of the hard-line neoconservative movement in foreign policy. . . . [He] has profound influence over Bush policies and officials in the competition for the hearts of the president and his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice."
-Dana Milbank, The Washington Post