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This propulsive biography is not bin Laden for beginners, but its central point is clear. Scheuer (Imperial Hubris), chief of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999, argues that the West chronically underestimates bin Laden's "piety, generosity, personal bravery, strategic ability, charisma and patience." In creating a cartoonish enemy, the U.S. has "mindlessly" played into bin Laden's plans to provoke a war on Muslim soil to catalyze a jihad to "obliterate America from within, by making it economically weak, until its markets collapse." The depiction of bin Laden's evolution from devout student to militant leader is deeply detailed and dense, and readers unable to keep up with a dissection of Islam's diverse creeds and doctrines will feel overwhelmed at times, but Scheuer's project is lucid and important. Bin Laden "anticipated a war of attrition that might last decades" and has planned ahead. He has cultivated a multigenerational cadre of between 5,000 and 7,000 loyal warriors, many from the educated upper classes. The conflict with al-Qaeda will, by bin Laden's design, likely be multigenerational, and Scheuer takes a crucial step in revealing how the West keeps itself vulnerable by persisting in demonizing rather than understanding its formidable opponent. (Feb.)
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Scheuer, chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and a consultant to that unit until 2004, delivers an unnerving profile of the al-Qaeda leader. Unnerving not just because it lays out bin Laden’s genius in luring the U.S. into a financially ruinous “war on terrorism” but also because it shows a “pious, brave, intelligent, charismatic” man fully capable of leading an insurgent Muslim force against the West, a profile at odds with the more fanatical, marginalized figure often portrayed by mainstream media. Scheuer tracks bin Laden’s life from his Saudi childhood as the son of a remote but revered and very wealthy contractor all the way to his place as one of the pivotal political figures of our time. More to the point, as he has in previous books (Marching toward Hell, 2008), Scheuer argues that bin Laden’s success owes as much to America’s ineptness in the Mideast as it does to bin Laden himself, a sentiment that should warn policymakers and citizens alike. --Alan Moores
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It is worth going back now to look at the man who financed and inspired the attacks. Osama bin Laden may be dead but the objectives he strove to achieve have in a large part become a reality. His initial motives for declaring Jihad (holy war) against the United States in 1995 have actually been met. Michael Scheuer, chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999, provides something revealing in his recent book Osama bin Laden. It was sixteen years ago on August 23, 1995, when Osama bin Laden declared Jihad on the United States. In his declaration and subsequent statements he laid out plainly what he wanted to achieve. In his book Scheuer cites bin Laden's three primary goals:
(1) Helping to bleed America into bankruptcy.
(2) Spreading out U.S. military and intelligence forces to the point where they have little reserves or flexibility.
(3) Stripping away American allies and creating as much political divisiveness as possible in the United States.(pg. viii)
In each case, bin Laden ultimately achieved his objectives. America has been bled into bankruptcy by two no-end wars, living beyond our means, barrowing, and inflation. Our military has been stretched dangerously thin as a result our intention to police the world. Our allies have indeed been stripped away as we have made enemies abroad because of our arrogant foreign policy. Lastly we are no doubt living in a time of great political divisiveness with more and more Americans becoming disillusioned with our foreign and domestic policies.
If we look at bin Laden as a man with three particular objectives in mind, we will see that in a large part as a result of our response to 9/11 we have created a situation for ourselves that puts us right where he wanted us. Bin Laden was astute enough to realize we could weaken our own influence in the world over time better than he could with his single act of terrorism.
In conclusion, the ramifications of 9/11 a decade later affect our nation as it tries to finance the wars and to cope with the loss of civil liberties due to homeland security. Bin Laden probably looked upon this fact with some since of satisfaction. America's lost her much of her influence in the world, which is what he wanted.
I must state that the recent NY Times review of the book by FOUAD AJAMI, a certified, Johns Hokins School of International Studies noecon, is a pure hatchet job. Its only aim was only to discredit Scheuer and to cover for the sins of deep thinkers Like Rumsfeld, Feith, Wolfowitz, the Likud party and Bush. Mr. Ajami who comes across as so amiable in his endless CNN talking head appearances chalks all of Osama's evil up to Osama's father having abandoned him. Spent a little too much time in therapy (psychoanalysis no doubt)Fouad did...likely.
Scheuer's book is the bible on Osama. Read it a weep. And understand the enemy that Osama is and further know that the fools and knaves who run our own government are not of and will likely not be of much help in killing Osama. We are on our own folks. Good luck to all.
While this is one aspect of who he is, the Book by Scheur gives an indepth understanding of his background, the development of his ideas, formation of Al Queda and importantly: what is his goal and why does he believe what he does and how does he plan to accomplish it.
This book is particularly enlightening and creates a broader perspective regarding the dynamics and the turmoil in the Middle East (Especially the current revolations in Egypt, Libya,Algeria, etc). While I don't give any credit to Bin Laden for any positive attributes, one can see where his plans and execution give the name "Mastermind" real meaning, albeit, a very evil one.
For a student of today's dynamics in the Middle East and what the future may hold, this is a book that is worth reading.
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