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

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Potomac Books, Inc., Apr 1, 2005 - 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 audience’s thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin Laden’s 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 public’s 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 “regime change,” which left the U.S. military largely empty-handed.
 

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Smucker has been an overseas reporter for the last 16 years, covering the war on terror-frequently within shooting range of the events-for publications like the Christian Science Monitor and U.S ... Read full review

Contents

1 Been Loadin for bin Laden
1
2 The Stakeout
31
3 The Big Adios
62
4 Osama Slips the Noose
86
5 Operation Vampire
113
6 The Eye of the Storm
144
7 Meeting Your Maker
164
Chasing the Mad Mullahs
198
A Diaspora of Spite
207
Select Bibliography
223
Index
225
The Author
229
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