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Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq Paperback – February 10, 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Now Scheuer tells us where we're going. We're going to hell.
Marching Toward Hell claims that U.S. foreign policy is often based on some faulty assumptions and is partially driven by some lobbyists whose interests are different than those of the American people. This book goes well beyond the themes of Imperial Hubris.
Dr. Scheuer's book merits 5 stars. He gives the perspective of an intelligence analyst. He's also superb at explaining the complicated relationship between the intelligence community and elected officials in the U.S.
Scholars take Scheuer seriously because of his 22-year career as a top intelligence analyst and also the success of his first book, Imperial Hubris. He studied Osama bin Laden (ObL) for years and urged superiors to remove ObL no less than 10 times when the opportunity arose.
ObL has recommended Scheuer's book, Imperial Hubris, to the American people in a taunting missive. Marching Toward Hell strikes back with recommendations aimed at helping the American people to wise up to what looks to be a very long-term problem.
According to Scheuer, U.S. policymakers still prefer to present the bin Laden Movement as a lunatic fringe even though in some sense it has broad appeal in the Islamic world.
As if that wasn't disturbing enough, Scheuer says that some officials possibly never intended to win in Iraq. Otherwise, more troops would have been sent.Read more ›
His diagnosis of our current troubles is clearly accurate. I've always been astonished that Bush could get away with claiming that Muslim activists hate us because they don't like out freedom or social structure. As Scheuer points out, they have made it perfectly clear that are not really interested in what kind of society the infidels choose to live in - in fact they are somewhat ambivalent about it, liking some aspects but considering it decadent - but they are infuriated by the presence of non Muslim troops in their own countries. They also feel their oil has been sold off cheaply and the profits have benefited only rich, decadent and corrupt rulers like the House of Saud. And of course there is the one-sided US support of Israel.
However, his prescription is one that many will find far off track. He has a good analysis of some of our military problems as being related to the hangover of a "Cold War" mentality - hostility between well-defined, technically advanced, nation-states, and how this does not fit the Middle East.Read more ›
Scheuer's intent in the book is to reconstruct how the U.S. found itself with an untenable set of foreign policies and national security strategies on 9/11, and to explain the costs of trying to maintain them.
U.S. ties to Israel, a state that contributes nothing to America's economic welfare or strategic security, are absurd, per Scheuer. Responding to those claiming Israel has a "right to exist," he states that Darwin's "survival of the fittest" applies; further, "Are we to also resuscitate the USSR, Sparta, etc.?" "You form your country, and you take your chances."
The second major nonsensical decision that burdens America is our doing little in response to the '73 oil embargo. Thus, we have ended up playing both sides (Israel vs. the Arab states) in a religious fight-to-the-finish.
American policies are further undermined by human rights groups - eg. they pushed the Senate to pursue human rights for Afghan women instead of us being able to try to get the Taliban to turn over Bin Laden. Other secondary issues have stayed our hand numerous times - eg. blowing up Iraq's Intelligence Service headquarters at night (minimize casualties) in response to its effort to assassinate Bush I in Kuwait, and calling off multiple efforts to kill Bin Laden.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic historical study of our extremely confused midlle eastern foriegn policies by a brilliant retired analyst from the CIA. Well worth reading.Published 4 months ago by G. Johnson
Why our current foreign policy is both naive and vicious -- to ourselves and others.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Dunnam
I purchased "Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq" Paperback – February 10, 2009 by Michael Scheuer to get some inside knowledge of the fighting now going on... Read morePublished 18 months ago by CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! !
Scheuer's book is an excellent analysis of some of the failings of America's war on terror! I love the way he criticises both parties and their respective cronies whether it is the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jason Kneitz
well written, insightful and hard. what will we do for ourselves to sleep again?Published 21 months ago by will crow