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Imperial Hubris - Michael Scheuer

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9781574888492
Number Of Pages: 352

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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.


"This book is so valuable, it hardly seems that any review could do it justice."--Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Baghdad: Postmodern War and Peace
--Ralph Peters (02/16/2017)
"No serious observer of the war on terrorism can ignore this scathing critique of the Bush administration's policies."--Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.
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"Pulls few punches . . . and gives us a fascinating window on America's war with Al Qaeda."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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"A fire-breathing denunciation of U.S. counterterrorism policy."--Julian Borger, The Guardian
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"Presents overwhelmingly persuasive evidence to buttress a host of significant and controversial arguments."--Benjamin Schwartz, Atlantic Monthly
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"A powerful, persuasive analysis of the terrorist threat and the Bush administration's failed efforts to fight it."--Richard A. Clarke (former national coordinator for security and national terrorism), Washington Post Book World
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"Rare that a book can change the course of an international debate, but Imperial Hubris is just such a book."--Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press--Detroit Free Press (02/16/2017)
"A sprawling, erudite book on the origins and present state of the 'war on terror.' . . . Gripping."--Publishers Weekly
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"[The author's] conclusions are as disquieting as his policy prescriptions are compelling. . . . Imperial Hubris is destined to become a classic in the field of counterterrorism analysis."--Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism-- (02/16/2017)

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: "Hubris Followed by Defeat"p. xv
Some Thoughts on the Power of Focused, Principled Hatredp. 1
An Unprepared and Ignorant Lunge to Defeat--The United States in Afghanistanp. 21
Not Down, Not Out: Al Qaeda's Resiliency, Expansion, and Momentump. 59
The World's View of bin Laden: A Muslim Leader and Hero Coming into Focus?p. 103
Bin Laden Views the World: Some Old, Some New, and a Twistp. 127
Blinding Hubris Abounding: Inflicting Defeat on Ourselves--Non-War, Leaks, and Missionary Democracyp. 163
When the Enemy Sets the Stage: How America's Stubborn Obtuseness Aids Its Foesp. 209
The Way Ahead: A Few Suggestions for Debatep. 237
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ISBN: 9781574888492
ISBN-10: 1574888498
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.58