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War on terror manual for victory

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The "manual for victory" in the war on terror, "a public manifesto," according to the United Kingdom's December 31, 2003, edition of the Telegraph, was sent to President George W. Bush "yesterday by Washington's hawks, demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites. .... The manifesto ... also calls for Saudi Arabia and France to be treated not as allies but as rivals and possibly enemies."

The manifesto, according to the Telegraph, "is contained in a new book by Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser and 'intellectual guru' of the hardline neo-conservative movement, and David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter. They give warning of a faltering of the 'will to win' in Washington."

The manifesto is described "as an attempt by hawks to break out of the post-Iraq doldrums and strike back at what they see as a campaign of hostile leaking by their foes in such centres of caution as the State Department or in the military top brass." Perle's and Frum's An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror, "coincided with the latest broadside from the hawks' enemy number one, Colin L. Powell, the secretary of state."


"An End to Evil charts the agenda for what's next in the war on terrorism, as articulated by Frum, former presidential speechwriter and bestselling author of The Right Man, and Perle, former assistant secretary of defense and one of the most influential foreign-policy leaders in Washington."[1]


"This world is an unsafe place for Americans--and the U.S. government remains unready to defend its people. In An End to Evil, David Frum and Richard Perle sound the alert about the dangers around us: the continuing threat from terrorism, the crisis with North Korea, the aggressive ambitions of China. Frum and Perle provide a detailed, candid account of America's vulnerabilities: a military whose leaders resist change, intelligence agencies mired in bureaucracy, diplomats who put friendly relations with their foreign colleagues ahead of the nation's interests. Perle and Frum lay out a bold program to defend America--and to win the war on terror.

"Among the topics this book addresses:

  • why the United States risks its security if it submits to the authority of the United Nations
  • why France and Saudi Arabia have to be treated as adversaries, not allies, in the war on terror
  • why the United States must take decisive action against Iran--now
  • what to do in North Korea if negotiations fail
  • why everything you read in the newspapers about the Israeli-Arab dispute is wrong
  • how our government must be changed if we are to fight the war on terror to victory--not just stalemate
  • where the next great terror threat is coming from--and what we can do to protect ourselves

"An End to Evil will define the conservative point of view on foreign policy for a new generation--and shape the agenda for the 2004 presidential-election year (U.S. presidential election, 2004) and beyond. With a keen insiders' perspective on how our leaders are confronting--or not confronting--the war on terrorism, David Frum and Richard Perle make a convincing argument for why the toughest line is the safest line." From the hardcover edition.


Perle and Frum aren't alone in the rush to strategize and publish on "what's next" in the war on terror. American Enterprise Institute publications include


Karen Kwiatkowski provides a somewhat-tongue-in-cheek review of the "manual" in her article "Advance Praise for 'An End to Evil'" (December 11, 2003 at www.lewrockwell.com).


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  • 31 December 2003: The contentlinkinc.com web site has "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror" discounted to $8.99. The buy.com web site shows the list price $25.95 and sale price $17.95. The book's release date is December 1, 2003. How's that for a quick price reduction?!