Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael ScheuerImperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer

Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror

byMichael Scheuer

Paperback | March 1, 2005

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Though U.S. leaders try to convince the world of their success in fighting al Qaeda, one 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 Michael Scheuer, 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. Scheuer 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.

New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Imperial Hubris was originally published anonymously, as required by the Central Intelligence Agency. Its author is Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit, who resigned in November 2004, after two decades of experience in national security issues related to Afghanistan...
Title:Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on TerrorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:Potomac BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well argued History Lesson It has been 5 years since I have read this book and I plan to read it again. Much of what Scheuer has said has come to light. You can't discuss the Iraq war and the war on terror with out reading this book. Then will you understand that my words are incorrect. As I should have said, the occupation of Iraq and the blunder of Iraq which was not a war on terror. There is no war on terrorism.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insider's account It is well known that the author is a fellow named Mike Scheuer that was a Senior Operative in the CIA operating out of Pakistan during the 90s. "Mike" was highly critical of US foreign policy relating to Afghanistan even back then but was eventually forced out. Clearly, his views on al Qaeda and Bin Laden are not popular with most, however, the information gathered as an insider of the CIA is undeniable.
Date published: 2006-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not claim to understand Terrorism without readi This book reveals why Terrorist are attacking the west and why the west is losing. Politicians and the US are blinding people with rhetoric that is not even close to the truth or why we are under attack by Islamic extremists. This book explains in great detail and in quite simple terms to understand why and what is going on. One's opinions and perception of the world and terrorism will be more coherent and educated as to what is really going on. There are many books about what happend but this is the only book that I have found that tells the reader why. If you think it is because Bin Laden hates the west and democracy...then you are wrong and really need to read this book. Educate yourself and arm yourself with knowldege. Don't be fooled by the CNN and CBC line of thinking. It is much deeper than a 30 second so-called terrorism expert talking head.
Date published: 2006-07-31

Table of Contents

Author?s NotePreface: ?Hubris Followed by Defeat?AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Thoughts on the Power of Focused, Principled HatredChapter I: The Fatal Delay: 11 September-7 October 2001. Chapter II: An Ignorant Lunge To Defeat: The United States in AfghanistanChapter III: Not Down, Not Out: Al-Qaeda?s Resiliency, Expansion, and MomentumChapter IV: The World?s View of Bin Laden: A Muslim Leader and Hero Coming Into Focus?Chapter V: Bin Laden Views the World: Some Old, Some New, and a TwistChapter VI: Blinding Hubris Abounding: Inflicting Defeat on Ourselves - Non-War, Leaks, and Missionary DemocracyChapter VII: When the Enemy Sets the Stage: How America?s Stubborn Obtuseness Helps Its FoesChapter VIII: Preparing for War: Know the Enemy, Debate Everything, Kill the Generals, and Put Away the Warrants.Chapter IX: The Way Ahead: A Few SuggestionsEpilogue

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"Anonymous is an extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, and provocative thinker. His analysis and forecasts about Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda network, and terrorism in general are extremely insightful--not to mention accurate." --Faye Bowers, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR