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Defending The Pentagon

April 16, 1989

Regarding your review of "The Pentagonists" and "The Whistle Blowers" (Book Review, March 19):

It seems to me that choosing a member of the military establishment (Col. Harry G. Summers Jr.) to review books about Pentagon corruption is a little like having Al Capone review an expose of the Mafia, and the results were just about as predictable. I'll give him this--Summers is a pretty good hatchet man. He used all the tricks: avoid the real issues, bring in a lot of irrelevant nonsense like the Trilateralists, and divert attention from the message by attacking and ridiculing the messenger. The problem is, he forgot to review the book.

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