George Bush 'Incompetence' Makes Nuclear Terrorism More Likely

new novel about an Al-Qaeda plot to destroy America's largest cities with
nuclear weapons presents a thinly disguised George Bush as the incompetent
Commander in Chief who fails to act decisively when presented with growing
evidence that the next 9/11 is imminent.

October 16, 2005 -- A new novel about an Al-Qaeda plot to destroy America's
largest cities with nuclear weapons presents a thinly disguised George Bush as
the incompetent Commander in Chief who fails to act decisively when presented
with growing evidence that the next 9/11 is imminent.

The author of "King of Bombs," a novel about nuclear terrorism,
Sheldon Filger, was living in New York City on September 11, 2001. In a series
of radio interviews which followed the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Filger spoke
about an incident which occured a month after Al-Qaeda's attack on the World
Trade Center.

"Four weeks after 9/11, rumors circulated that government scientists were
roaming the streets of Manhattan with radiation detectors," Filger told
Detroit radio talk show host Warren Pierce. "It later transpired that the
rumors were true," he added.

Indeed, the CIA had received information from a trusted informant that Al-Qaeda
had succeeded in infiltrating a ten kiloton nuclear device into New York City,
and would soon detonate it. Though the information turned out to be a false
alarm, it initially had sufficient credibility to send Vice President Cheney to
a "secure, undisclosed location" to ensure continuity of government
in the event that Washington D.C. came under nuclear attack by Al-Qaeda. It was
that incident which made Mr. Filger aware of the risk of future terrorism
involving weapons of mass destruction. He conducted his own research into the
threat of nuclear terrorism. His conclusion that the threat is not only
significant, but also imminent, inspired him to write "King of Bombs"
as a warning about a dark new future which awaits America, unless the nation
takes the issue of nuclear terrorism far more seriously (www.kingofbombs.com).

In "King of Bombs," the President and key officials go unamed,
however, it is clear to the reader that they are thinly veiled representations
of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice. The presidential administration portrayed in Filger's novel
is characterized by incompetence, cronyism and a short-sighted obsession with
image and public relations at the expense of dealing the nation's most
compelling national security issues. The White House characters in Filger's
novel echo his own evaluation of the current President.

"In my opinion, there exists two great vulnerabilities America has with
respect to nuclear terrorism," Filger said. " In the first place, a
fanatical, but highly effective terrorist network, known as Al-Qaeda, has the
clear intention and likely capacity to acquire and use nuclear weapons in a
future attack on the American homeland. Secondly, the man most responsible for
protecting America from such an apocalyptic threat, President Bush, sadly lacks
the intellect and strategic insight to comprehend the threat, as well as the
strength of character and leadership accumen to address the threat decisively.
At this extremely dangerous period in American history, the man whose hand is
on the helm of the ship of state is a vapid mediocrity, apparently clueless
with respect to the imminent and catastrophic threat posed to the nation's very
existence by nuclear terrorism."

As evidence of the failure of the Bush administration to effectively confront
the danger of Al-Qaeda acquiring highly enriched uranium or plutonium (the
essential raw materials for building a nuclear bomb), Mr. Filger pointed to the
lackluster implementation of the Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Initiative, a
government program approved by Congress to help the Russian authorities improve
the security of their facilities where dangerous nuclear materials are stored.
"At the current lethargic pace that the Threat Reduction Initiative is being
funded and implemented, it is estimated that it will take another thirteen
years before all these Russian nuclear sites are secured from theft by
Al-Qaeda, or black marketers who would sell plutonium or highly enriched
uranium to terrorists. I don't believe we can afford to wait 13 years,"
Filger told Oklahoma City radio talk show host Mark Shannon.

Most experts who have examined the issue of nuclear terrorism concur that
Al-Qaeda would be able to build or acquire nuclear weapons, if it can obtain fissile
materials-enriched uranium or plutonium. Keeping these materials out of the
hands of the terrorists is regarded as the only reliable means of preventing
nuclear terrorism. While Al-Qaeda cannot manufacture these materials itself,
there are large quantities available throughout the world. Organizations such
as the Nuclear Threat Initiative have pointed out that enough enriched uranium
and plutonium is stored at poorly secured locations in Russia to build 60,000
nuclear weapons.

In "King of Bombs," the war in Iraq is presented as a diversion from
focussing on Al-Qaeda and its affiliate terrorist organizations, and the
potential for nuclear terrorism. "In reality, that is actually the
case," Filger said. " A vast proportion of the nations's military and
intelligence assets have been devoted to a meaningless war in Iraq, justified
by the claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, since proven
false. In the meantime, where are the presidential priorities with respect to
the nuclear weapons programs that are evolving in North Korea and Iran, or to
securing the nation's borders and ports, or neutralizing Osama bin Laden? I
believe history will judge the Iraqi debacle by the Bush administration as one
of the most monumental strategic miscalculations made by any major power in
modern history. Its nightmarish consequences will be longlasting and likely

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