Imperial Hubris Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror

ISBN-10: 1597971596

ISBN-13: 9781597971591

Edition: 2008

Authors: Michael Scheuer

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When Imperial Hubris first came out in 2004, the greatest danger for Americans confronting the Islamist threat was 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. The now-classic showed that a growing segment of the Islamic world strenuously disapproves of specific U.S. policies and their attendant military, political, and economic implications and demonstrated that 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. Imperial Hubris remains a must read for an in-depth look at Al Qaeda and the War on Terror.
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List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

Introduction: "Hubris Followed by Defeat"
Some Thoughts on the Power of Focused, Principled Hatred
An Unprepared and 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
Blinding Hubris Abounding: Inflicting Defeat on Ourselves-Non-Wars, Leaks, and Missionary Democracy
When the Enemy Sets the Stage: How America's Stubborn Obtuseness Aids Its Foes
The Way Ahead: A Few Suggestions for Debate
New Epilogue: An Essay Personal and Substantive
Select Bibliography
The Author
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