The Terror Presidency

The Terror Presidency

Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

Paperback - 2009
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Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush on what he could and could not do . . . legally. Immediately after taking the job in October 2003, Goldsmith began to see that the work of his predecessors, whose opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, were deeply flawed.Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. In The Terror Presidency he shows how Bush damaged his own presidency and compromised the ability of his successors to respond forcefully in times of crisis.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co Inc 2009.
ISBN: 9780393335330
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 23, 2015

Recommended by Fareed Zacaria on CNN. He worked in the Bush administration so he sees things from their viewpoint in most cases. He reminds us that hindsight is always 20/20 so it is easier for the critics. He was opposed to the extreme torture that was practiced. He felt that Bush and Cheney were not willing to consult and work with others. Their goal was a more powerful executive branch. So he could see things from both sides a little better than most.


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