- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the new issue of Parameters, the journal of the Army War College, a review of Jane Mayer’s essential book, The Dark Side, concludes that after 9/11, VP Cheney was “unnerved.” The reviewer, Jeffrey Record, a professor at the Air War College, writes that, “Having underestimated the al Qaeda threat before 9/11, Cheney overcompensated; in the weeks following the attacks he traveled with a doctor as well as a duffel bag containing a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit.,” he writes.
Record likes the book: “The Dark Side is a gripping, meticulously researched, and deeply disturbing book that vindicates the observation of the great Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis that ‘the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.'”