Against All Enemies

by Seymour M. Hersh (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Were American soldiers serving in the Persian Gulf conflict exposed to chemicals
that caused them to come down with "Gulf War syndrome"? Or are they experiencing
symptoms of extreme psychological stress? Seymour Hersh, the investigative
journalist who alerted Americans to the My Lai massacre and the bombing of
Cambodia, can't answer those questions definitively. What he can do--and ably
does--is demonstrate two simple facts: (1) military officials, either through a
lack of knowledge or deliberate concealment, did not fully inform the
government--and more importantly its own troops--about the risks of biochemical
exposure in combat against Iraq; and (2) whatever the causes of "Gulf War
syndrome," the government has done far too little to help the sick veterans.
Other unsettling questions with no easy answers emerge from Hersh's reportage.
Why have the so-called heroes of the Persian Gulf, retired generals Norman
Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, seemingly distanced themselves from the plight of
troops under their former command? Why did it take so long for Congress to even
acknowledge that there might be a problem? Against All Enemies is a brief but
disturbing exposť of institutional neglect from one of the media's most
tenacious government watchdogs. --Ron Hogan

Book Description
"Why did the system fail the Gulf War veterans? Did national heroes such as
Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, who were known during their careers for
taking care of their troops, have an obligation to speak out on behalf of the
veterans--as many sick GIs believe--and demand that America's military hospitals
stop turning them away? The unsettling fact is that the Gulf War was far more
costly to the United States than the Pentagon and its former leaders are willing
to acknowledge. The ninety thousand or so victims of Gulf War syndrome are
friendly-fire casualties just as surely as if they had been fired upon by their
fellow soldiers. The military's inevitable dilemma is profound: Can it protect
our soldiers and sailors in future wars if it was unable to do so in the Gulf War?"

Product Details

Paperback: 103 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (June 9, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345427483



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