Imperial Hubris Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror

ISBN-10: 1574888625
ISBN-13: 9781574888621
Edition: 2004
Authors: Michael Scheuer
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232

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. Download the Complete Bibliography for this book.

Michael Scheuer is a twenty-plus-year CIA veteran. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the Chief of the bin Laden unit (aka Alec Station), the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center. He then worked as Special Adviser to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004. He resigned from the CIA in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, writing regularly for its online publication Global Terrorism Analysis. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Author's Note
Preface: "Hubris Followed by Defeat"
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thoughts on the Power of Focused, Principled Hatred
The Fatal Delay: 11 September-7 October 2001
An Ignorant Lunge To Defeat: The United States in Afghanistan
Not Down, Not Out: Al-Qaeda's Resiliency, Expansion, and Momentum
The World's View of Bin Laden: A Muslim Leader and Hero Coming Into Focus?
Bin Laden Views the World: Some Old, Some New, and a Twist

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