Michael Scheuer is the (initially anonymous) author of Imperial Hubris, which was a New York Times hardcover best seller for 15 weeks and stirred up attention in every national and local media outlet. He is a veteran CIA counterterrorism analyst who for many years headed the Osama bin Laden unit.In Marching Toward Hell, Scheuer offers a scathing and frightening look at how the Iraq war has contributed to the enemy's strength and fundamentally changed the geopolitical landscape in a way that is harmful to U.S. interests and security concerns. Scheuer will examine the ways in which the war has widened the conflict by almost every measure, making America less secure and increasingly vulnerable to attack.Scheuer details how our various actions have undermined the very things the U.S. was fighting for, including:
The Iraq war has been a huge setback in the so-called "War on Terrorism". Bin Laden and his allies have articulated their goals vis-a-vis the U.S. as "bleed to bankruptcy" and "spread U.S. forces and resources", and the war has brought al-Qaeda a level of success that it could not have achieved on its own.
The failure of the various investigative commissions to find any individual culpable for anything in the wake of 9/11 and Iraq. The WMD controversy left in charge those who got America to the twin disasters, while simultaneously creating a bigger, more expensive, and less effective intelligence bureaucracy.
Unqualified U.S. support for Israel is involving her ever more deeply in war with the Islamists without making Israel any safer. After 20+ years as a senior CIA officer, Scheuer has the knowledge and expertise to tell the American public what it needs to know. As a frightened and frustrated individual who has had enough of bureaucratic ineptness and bipartisan politicking, he has the courage to sound this critical alarm.
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