'The [Bush] administration has squandered the opportunity to eliminate al Qaeda. A new al Qaeda has emerged and is growing stronger, in part because of our own actions and inactions. No one has more authority to make that claim than Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism czar for both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The one person who knows more about Usama bin Laden and al Qaeda than anyone else in this country, he has devoted two decades of his professional life to combating terrorism. Richard Clarke served seven presidents and worked inside the White House for George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush until he resigned in March 2003. Most disturbing of all are Clarke's revelations about the Bush administration's lack of interest in al Qaeda prior to September 11. From the moment the Bush team took office and decided to retain Clarke in his post as the counterterrorism czar, Clarke tried to persuade them to take al Qaeda as seriously as had Bill Clinton. Coming from a man known as one of the hard-liners against terrorists, 'Against All Enemies' is both a powerful history of our two-decades-long confrontation with terrorism and a searing indictment of the current administration.