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THROUGH OUR ENEMIES' EYES (M) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2007
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His own disgust with the American intelligence bureaucracy is evident in his acknowledgments when he cites Mark Helprin about men who "knowing very little or next to nothing, take pride in telling everyone else what to do." He continues with praise for young civil servants "whose work ethic, intellectual honesty, and personal courage inspire awe and-if unleashed-are more than match for America's foes, foreign or domestic. Too often, however, their work is stymied by senior officers of my own generation. Mostly men, these senior officers have made careers by keeping silent in the face of unfairness, avoiding risk, and refusing to make decisions . . . Fortunately, most of the Republic's younger civil servants recognize with Helprin that this behavior is `more than a pity, more than a disgrace, it is despicable'" (xiv).
The current strategy of focusing narrowly on Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, and body counts "is the road to disaster, for the positions and force bin Laden has presented are a far more lethal and varied threat than that posed by any of those we have labeled as `terrorists' over the past quarter century. The strength of his personality and message is likely to lead to an enduring legacy that will long survive his departure from the scene" (xvii).Read more ›
The thrust of this treatise is simple. Al Qaeda is smarter than we are (they don't have to win elections and they are not beholden to special interests), they are tougher than we are (aren't you afraid to die?), and they don't care how long it takes to win (Allah is infinitely patient and will be pleased with victory whenever it comes - why does my microwave dinner take so f*&*&%$#$ long to heat up?).
What I found most compelling is that the book is HEAVILY footnoted, quoting Muslim clerics, bin Laden, and other relevant Muslims. So, in other words, it is not some pedantic, crusty white guy lecturing me about why Al Qaeda is evil; rather it is Al Qaeda telling me in their words why they hate me and why they are going to kill me and how all of that is supported by the Koran and driven forward by the ridiculous and inarguably anti-Muslim foreign policy of this, our once great and now downward-trending country.
Whew, what a book. And what a world we live in.
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After reading 75 pages, I want to become a jihadist. And I'm not even a Muslim.Published 8 months ago by Charles Conlin
As a student of foreign policy, and a person who spend great of time in the Levant and South West Asia, I can say that Michael Scheuer did an excellent analysis of issues he... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Neil R.
Seen from the other side of the fence, makes one wonder about our intelligence or maybe the propaganda to make the enemy bad. Read morePublished on August 20, 2014 by Masao Miwa
Sun Tzu in THE ART OF WAR said we should know our enemy. This book helps Americans know their enemy.Published on August 19, 2014 by MDeWayne Adams
Excellent condition. Compare your perceptions with the authors rendition of our enemy's view of us.Published on August 18, 2014 by Gregory A. Posey