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US failures in strategy and the ‘CNN effect’

Volume 17, Issue 2

October, 2011

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Buchanan, P. G. (2011). US failures in strategy and the ‘CNN effect’. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2) 218-222. Review of Strategic Shortfall: The Somalia Syndrome and the March to 9/11, by Robert G. Patman. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010. 185pp. ISBN: 978-0-275993-62-0
Author(s): Paul G. Buchanan
Reviewed book by Robert G. Patman
Publication date: 
October, 2011

In this short, but interesting book, Robert Patman argues that US policy failures in the lead up to and aftermath of the October 1993 ‘Blackhawk Down’ incident in Mogadishu facilitated the conditions for the terrorist attacks on the US mainland in 2001. The thesis that the US merely reaped the bad fruit of its foreign policy on 9/11 is not new, but Patman’s approach is.