FEAR, ANGER AND FAILURE: A Chronicle of the Bush’s Administration’s War against Terror from the Attacks of September 11, 2001 to Defeat in Baghdad. New York, Algora Publishing, 2004.
William Pfaff’s collected articles covering the War against Terror from its beginning to the administration’s acknowledgement at the end of 2003 that its initial policy had gone wrong, that its military power was incapable of imposing the solution the U.S. had originally sought, that America’s international influence had been diminished by the invasion and the resistance, and that it was Iraqi nationalism and religion that were going to decide the country’s future.
“It is astonishing that these pieces have [not been published in Washington or New York], for page after page in article after article they were saying what should have been said week after week as Bush’s cheery civilian warriors marched us into the Middle East…Really splendid work.”
--Russell Baker (retired New York Times columnist)
“Newspaper columnists always have a difficult choice to make. Is it better to be unexpected, challenging, entertaining – or relentless, consistent and right? For more than a quarter of a century now William Pfaff, the trenchant columnist whose work has appeared in The International Herald Tribune, has opted for rectitude rather than entertainment. His crunching prose and unflinching judgements [have] never been surer than in the years since Sept.11, 2001. No other western columnist has steered such a steady course....He is precisely what his foes consider themselves to be: a realist. If newspapers are, traditionally the ‘first rough draft of history,’ then he’s a remarkable instant historian. The man who got it right.”
-- Peter Preston (former editor of London’s The Guardian)
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