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Book details
  • Genre:POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SubGenre:Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
  • Language:English
  • Pages:248
  • eBook ISBN:9781937674090

Dick Cheney's Fingerprints

Observations on the Iraq War

by Jim Freeman

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Overview
On March 20, 2003 the United States and Great Britain attacked Iraq, staying for 8 years, 273 days and leaving behind 150,000 Iraqi civilians dead and another half-million collateral victims. The cost to the US economy alone is estimated to $3 trillion, three thousand billion we didn’t have to begin with and failed to tax ourselves for, no one yet knowing the true cost. Dick Cheney’s Fingerprints begins 533 days before the invasion and points out how this war came to be, how it was perceived and reported by the media and how a terrified nation after the 9-11 attacks failed to either prevent or protest it. The threads of this sad fabric lead to Dick Cheney and his axe-man, David Addington. Jim Freeman voiced his concerns, but as Voltaire said some 300 years ago, “It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.” They were, tragically wrong. Freeman’s observations not only make a good read, but put you in the context of the time at the time. They’re compiled as originally written, without benefit of hindsight, ending in December 2006. The final five years of the Iraq War added casualties, costs and destruction, but the script was in place and already had Dick Cheney’s fingerprints all over it.
Description
On March 20, 2003 the United States and Great Britain attacked Iraq, staying for 8 years, 273 days and leaving behind 150,000 Iraqi civilians dead and another half-million collateral victims. The cost to the US economy alone is estimated to $3 trillion, three thousand billion we didn’t have to begin with and failed to tax ourselves for, no one yet knowing the true cost. Dick Cheney’s Fingerprints begins 533 days before the invasion and points out how this war came to be, how it was perceived and reported by the media and how a terrified nation after the 9-11 attacks failed to either prevent or protest it. The threads of this sad fabric lead to Dick Cheney and his axe-man, David Addington. Jim Freeman voiced his concerns, but as Voltaire said some 300 years ago, “It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.” They were, tragically wrong. Freeman’s observations not only make a good read, but put you in the context of the time at the time. They’re compiled as originally written, without benefit of hindsight, ending in December 2006. The final five years of the Iraq War added casualties, costs and destruction, but the script was in place and already had Dick Cheney’s fingerprints all over it.
About the author
Jim Freeman’s book portfolio includes: NOVELS * EVOKE – exploring the societal effects of technology in a fictional context of the near future * Letters from Ceilia – an intimate story of a career woman’s struggle in a world run largely by men * The Island – situated in duck-hunting country where two strong men clash in a conflict over land NON-FICTION * The Dark Side of the Moon – five books of political and social commentary on America’s recent history * Dick Cheney’s Fingerprints – a collection of observations focusing on the Iraq war and its origins POETRY COLLECTIONS * The Smell of Tweed and Tobacco – poems spanning relationships and life in Prague * Corner of My Mind – a more introspective collection also discussing the writing process * Broken Pieces – a mosaic of reflections about nature, hunting, travel, politics and life DRAMA * The Island – a screenplay based on the novel * Colors – a one-act stage play, winner of 1999 Pennsylvania Playhouse competition Jim Freeman was born in Evanston, Illinois and now lives and writes in Prague. His work has been published in a number of newspapers, magazines and anthologies. His current political and social commentary is available at www.dark-side-of-the-moon.com For print or Kindle editions please visit Amazon.com. For other available formats and to contact Jim, see the author’s website.
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