Mr. Horwitz does acknowledge the importance of war games in peacetime, and gives voice to the admirals who are so protective of their operations, even though they do admit to the devastating results of their games on the marine mammals. But as the Navy pushes to be allowed up to 90 percent of the world's oceans for their tests, the Natural Resources Defense Council, for whom Reynolds serves as senior attorney, tries to negotiate for just 2 or 3 percent. The NRDC has public support, thanks to the ongoing activism of various groups, and even some legal support. But at the time, post-9/11, they could not fight the political push for military strength at the expense of natural resources as well as civil liberties.
The battles to protect our oceans and to protect our democracy are seemingly at odds, but there are, fortunately, men and women who are willing to stick out their necks, professionally and personally, in order to somehow win both.
This is not only a highly readable account of this war on the whales, but an important call to all of us to take control of our most valuable resources rather than allow political expedience and monetary concerns to destroy them. Extinction is forever, and with each new loss, our own future becomes less certain.