RaveThe Washington PostColl himself is, in the venerable tradition of newspaper reporting, absent from the narrative, although his harsh judgment of U.S. policymakers is pervasive. Absolutely nothing works ... Directorate S is one of the most unrelentingly bleak assessments of U.S. policy of recent years, and it shows, regrettably, that American errors have accumulated beyond recovery ... This companion volume is also definitive, if different in effect. Ghost Wars struck a tragic tone, with a disastrous conclusion known to the reader. The conclusion of the policy blunders chronicled in Directorate S is not known. But because the errors so often look, in retrospect, unforced, they are just as painful to contemplate, and they should induce shudders as we consider the conclusion to which we might be hurtling this time.