To spend 30 seconds bashing Kerry’s book The New War because it doesn’t mention bin-Laden or Al-Qaeda without admitting that it was written in 1997 and was about organized crime is just absurd. It’s like criticizing a book on obcenity from 1998 for ignoring Janet Jackson who, as we know, bared her breast in 2004.
The background is that Kerry had pointed out that back in 1997 he had referred in his book to terrorism as a major problem. He did, it’s in the book. Also Kerry did refer to Arafat as a “statesman” — after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994..