Not long ago, I got the chance to review a book which turned out to be one of my favorites of this entire reviewing gig thus far, Operation Supergoose.  The review can be seen here.

Well, I got in contact with the author to arrange an interview and this is what happened.  (My questions are bolded)

At what point in the Bush Administration did you decide you wanted to satirize American thought and policy at this time?
Between 9/11 and the end of that September I decided I needed to write a book like Operation Supergoose. What I saw was that, by and large, my fellow countrymen did not understand what had happened, and in particular the reasons for it. I saw too that the Bush Administartion was using the unthinking patriotic anger of many citizens, and that of many politicians, to start a war for reasons having nothing to do with 9/11, a war I later learned had been in the planning for months if not years. Marching behind our leaders who were waving the flag in our faces, Americans went to war for oil–thinking it was for revenge.  I decided that through comic satire I might convey the truth about all this while entertaining folks at the same time.
If people could read your book and walk away thinking just one thing, what would you want it to be?
People who read Supergoose now, and give it some thought, would be in a position to see that the same people who brought us wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now in the process of bringing us a third oil war, this time with Iran. Since the consequences of war with Iran would be catastrophic for our country and for millions around the earth, we need to stop it–and if we can’t stop it, we must make certain that Bush and Cheney are impeached and tried for their war crimes as soon as possible after they begin bombing Iran. Otherwise, fellow Americans, know that our futures, at best, will be those of the “good Germans.” 
What was the hardest thing to make fun of in the book?
The attack on the twin towers was the hardest, and that’s because most Americans view it in a more or less sentimental way. No author likes to turn off readers at the outset, and I realized it would be easy to do, because of this sentimentality. In the end, I took a chance and portrayed the events through metaphor as truthfully as I could.  Had I been more adept, or the task easier, I might have offended fewer.
How did you find the proper tack to make light of people’s reactions to 9/11 while still recognizing it as the horrible event it was?
To the thousands who died on 9/11 and to their loved ones the day was indeed tragic, horrible.  But I do not believe most Americans participate in the tragedy in that way. The emotion attaching most of us to 9/11 is not loss, but righteous anger, followed closely by fear. We do not wish to believe that others can do within US borders what we have been doing overseas for a long time. It makes us want to wipe out the people who stole our security and our invulnerability, our license to kill without being killed.  
What are you working on now?
I’ve plotted and will soon begin writing the third novel, about a paraplegic in Los Angeles who falls in love with his new attendant, a naive undocumented woman from Tijuana.  This book is much more like the one I wrote before Operation Supergoose, that is, more realistic, serious, and emotionally involving (I hope!). I also work with my wife on documentary films. See my website at for a complete listing of current projects.
What is one question you wish people would ask you?
I wish people would say to me, “What can I do right now to work for peace?” And I don’t have a specific answer of course, except that each of us needs to think carefully about the question, and our own capacities.  The answer is usually there if you look hard enough.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thanks for giving me the chance to say my piece, to clarify.
Thanks to William Hart for writing this book and agreeing to do an interview with me.  Everyone, you should go read this book.
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