Andy McCarthy’s wonderful book, Willful Blindness, comes out (officially) tomorrow, but you can order it from Amazon right now. You should. Because, while lots of us have analyzed the intellectual, political, bureaucratic and operational failures of the American Government in our ongoing war against Islamic terrorists and their lefty and righty pals, Andy’s story is a rarity. It’s a first-hand account from a trench warrior, going hand to hand against the Blind Sheikh who guided the first assault against the World Trade Center back in the last century. Then, rooted in his detailed knowledge of jihad within the United States, he takes the story forward to today, and tells us what we should be doing. But aren’t.
Even someone as obsessively immersed in this story as I, did not know the half of it, and Andy tells it beautifully. He has the most important gift of a fine writer: you hear his voice as you read the words, and it’s a feisty, entertaining, patriotic and tough-minded voice. He’s not interested in scoring political points, or in making himself out to have been smarter than those around him (in fact he often praises his colleagues and laughs at himself). He just wants to win. And while he won his battle, he’s worried about the outcome of the broader war, about which he’s got a lot of important things to say. The phrase “must read” is thrown around far too often these days, but it should be stamped in big red letters on the cover of Willful Blindness.