He strikes a match to relight his cigar for the umpteenth time, puts the stogie between his lips and puffs, puffs, puffs until a thin wisp of smoke snakes up and into the crisp Colorado afternoon air.
Rich Miniter has just finished attending a two-day seminar sponsored by The Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org and the El Pomar Foundation www.elpomar.org on Defense Transformation of which I was co-host ? we?re both a bit mentally drained and have decided to sit and chat by the beautiful pond on the grounds of Colorado Spring?s Broadmoor Resort.
But it?s a little difficult to chat about the frivolous things of life when you?re with Rich.
As a matter of fact, talking with Rich is a little like spending time with some mythical character that is a delightful combination of Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Teddy Roosevelt. Rich is part adventurer, part sleuth, part champion of a free world.
He?s also a fantastic storyteller, journalist extraordinaire, and best-selling author. His newest book, Shadow War: The Untold Story of How Bush is Winning the War on Terror falls on the heels of his wildly popular bestseller, Losing Bin Laden. Shadow War is written like a thriller novel, and is meticulously researched and filled with facts and tidbits you just won?t find anywhere else.
Both books are must reading for anyone interested in international intrigue, mystery, or the truth about America?s war on terror. Miniter, who lives in Brussels, Belgium (when he?s not out chasing warlords or intelligence officials, has delivered terrific literary fare for many years as an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal Europe, the American Spectator, Reader?s Digest and in his current weekly column for the Wall Street Journal?s OpinionJournal.com.