Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror (Google eBook)

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2004 - History - 309 pages
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Though U.S. leaders try to convince the world of their success in fighting al Qaeda, one anonymous member of the U.S. intelligence community would like to inform the public that we are, in fact, losing the war on terror. Further, until U.S. leaders recognize the errant path they have irresponsibly chosen, he says, our enemies will only grow stronger. According to the author, the greatest danger for Americans confronting the Islamist threat is to believe—at the urging of U.S. leaders—that Muslims attack us for what we are and what we think rather than for what we do. Blustering political rhetoric “informs” the public that the Islamists are offended by the Western world’s democratic freedoms, civil liberties, inter-mingling of genders, and separation of church and state. However, although aspects of the modern world may offend conservative Muslims, no Islamist leader has fomented jihad to destroy participatory democracy, for example, the national association of credit unions, or coed universities. Instead, a growing segment of the Islamic world strenuously disapproves of specific U.S. policies and their attendant military, political, and economic implications. Capitalizing on growing anti-U.S. animosity, Osama bin Laden’s genius lies not simply in calling for jihad, but in articulating a consistent and convincing case that Islam is under attack by America. Al Qaeda’s public statements condemn America’s protection of corrupt Muslim regimes, unqualified support for Israel, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a further litany of real-world grievances. Bin Laden’s supporters thus identify their problem and believe their solution lies in war. Anonymous contends they will go to any length, not to destroy our secular, democratic way of life, but to deter what they view as specific attacks on their lands, their communities, and their religion. Unless U.S. leaders recognize this fact and adjust their policies abroad accordingly, even moderate Muslims will join the bin Laden camp.

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Review: Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror

User Review  - Christopher Bauer - Goodreads

Interesting take from an intelligence/security point of view. There was a lot of insight into that world was included, but I just categorically cannot agree with the ends he comes to. Read full review

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User Review  - Eugene O'Neal - Goodreads

Ehh... an OK book. Read full review

Contents

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE POWER OF FOCUSED PRINCIPLED HATRED
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AN UNPREPARED AND IGNORANT LUNGE TO DEFEATTHE UNITED STATES IN AFGHANISTAN
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NOT DOWN NOT OUT AL QAEDAS RESILIENCY EXPANSION AND MOMENTUM
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THE WORLDS VIEW OF BIN LADEN A MUSLIM LEADER AND HERO COMING INTO FOCUS?
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BIN LADEN VIEWS THE WORLD SOME OLD SOME NEW AND A TWIST
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BLINDING HUBRIS ABOUNDING INFLICTING DEFEAT ON OURSELVESNONWARS LEAKS AND MISSIONARY DEMOCRACY
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WHEN THE ENEMY SETS THE STAGE HOW AMERICAS STUBBORN OBTUSENESS AIDS ITS FOES
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THE WAY AHEAD A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR DEBATE
237
No Basis for Optimism
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Notes
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Select Bibliography
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Index
299
The Author
309
Copyright

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Page xiv - Bin Laden has been precise in telling America the reasons he is waging war on us. None of the reasons have anything to do with our freedom, liberty, and democracy, but have everything to do with US policies and actions in the Muslim world.

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About the author (2004)

Bestselling author Michael Scheuer is the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit and has two decades of experience in national security issues related to Afghanistan and South Asia. After resigning from the agency in November 2004, he revealed his authorship of Imperial Hubris (Brassey's, Inc., 2004) and Through Our Enemies' Eyes both originally published under the byline "Anonymous." Scheuer has been featured extensively on television, including 60 Minutes, and has been the focus of print media worldwide. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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