Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jul 1, 2011 - History - 229 pages
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Details how Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda fighters slipped out of Afghanistan during the battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. The author also charges that Western media outlets, eager to satisfy their audienceOCOs thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin LadenOCOs pursuit. Blinding patriotism and reliance on Pentagon press releases led them to portray events not reflecting reality on the ground. He contends that to satisfy the press and the publicOCOs need for vengeance, the Bush administration pushed to achieve early, highly visible successes to the detriment of long-term strategy. Impatience at the top forced a rush into a war aimed primarily at OC regime change, OCO which left the U.S. military largely empty-handed."
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1BEEN LOADIN FOR BIN LADEN
2THE STAKEOUT
3THE BIG ADIOS
4OSAMA SLIPS THE NOOSE
5OPERATION VAMPIRE
6THE EYE OF THE STORM
7MEETING YOUR MAKER
ConclusionCHASING THE MAD MULLAHS
EpilogueA DIASPORA OF SPITE
Select Bibliography
Index
The Author
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