Friday, January 26, 2007

The Fourth War

The president narrowed his eyes and placed his hands on his knees. "I don't need to review the situation for you, Lowe, and I don't need to tell you the danger we're in. But I want you to know this-let there be no doubt in your mind. If we are attacked, I will respond. And it won't be tit-for-tat, it won't be blood for blood. I won't trade one of our cities for just one of theirs. Overwhelming force has been our conventional-war fighting doctrine for years, and the same doctrine must apply in a nuclear exchange. So, Lowe, I need you to help me make this perfectly clear to our own staff. They might get one shot, but that is all they will get, for my response will be so overwhelming there will be nothing left. There won't be a second strike against us. I won't give them a second chance."

Pakistan is in turmoil. Their government has been killed off and a radical terror group has taken control. Their nuclear weapons have gone missing and wind up in the hands of al-Qeada. That's the plot of The Fourth War written by retired Air Force pilot, Chris Stewart. This is one of those "must read" books. Hands down the scariest book I've ever read. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that Stewart goes into way too much detail when talking about jets and planes. Unless you're really interested in how a pilot starts a jet, or the layout of Air Force One, you may find yourself skimming parts of this book.