|About the Book|
Plan of Attack is a definitive account of how & why President Geo W. Bush, his war council & allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein & occupy Iraq. Woodwards latest account of Washington decisionmaking provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering over two years, examining the causes & consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam. Based on interviews with 75 key participants & over 3.5 hours of exclusive interviews with Bush, Plan of Attack is part presidential history charting the decisions made during 16 critical months- part military history revealing precise details & the evolution of the Top Secret war planning under the restricted codeword Polo Step- part a spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq 6 months before the start of the war. This team recruited 87 Iraqi spies designated with the cryptonym DB/ROCKSTARS, one of whom turned over the personnel files of all 6000 men in Saddam Husseins personal security organization. What emerges are astonishingly intimate portraits: Bush in war cabinet meetings in the White House Situation Room & Oval Office, & in private conversation- Dick Cheney, the focused & driven vice president- Colin Powell, the conflicted & cautious secretary of state- Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling war technocrat- Geo Tenet, the activist CIA director- Tommy Franks, the profane & demanding general- Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present referee & national security adviser- Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist- other key members of the White House staff & congressional leadership- & foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin. Plan of Attack provides new details on the intelligence assessments of Iraqs alleged weapons of mass destruction & the planning for the wars aftermath.