Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq
When Michael Scheuer first questioned the goals of the Iraq War in his 2004 bestseller Imperial Hubris, policymakers and ordinary citizens alike stood up and took notice. Now, Scheuer offers a scathing and frightening look at how the Iraq War has been a huge setback to America's War on Terror, making our enemy stronger and altering the geopolitical landscape in ways that a...more
This is a book written by a justifiably angry, passionate man, who invested 20+ years at the CIA specializing in the Middle East, among other thing ...more
However, Scheuer does succeed in making one think, to question commonly held beliefs (e.g., that we need to support Israel no matter what) and to try and get a more realistic view of what our Islamic enemies are after (at leas ...more
Michael Scheuer led Alec Station, the CIA unit tasked with hunting Bin Laden in the 90s. By all accounts, they provided several opportunities to capture or kill him of varying qualities. Importantly, none of them seemed to invo ...more
A major theme of the book is that our government refused to put down terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden in a timely manner before they could do damage to Am ...more
--What is the US strategic interest in Israel?
--Should moral issues (human rights, womens' rights, encouraging democracy) be part of US foriegn policy? What is the interest?
--Is AQ focused on the US not because of "our freedoms" but because we appear to support anti-Muslim regimes (Israel, Russia, China, India) or oppressive "secularist" regimes (Egypt, Saudi) while tr ...more
Short list of some of the things and people Scheuer despises up to page 110:
FBI (nosy, incompetent, actively sabotaging the CIA)
NSA (pretentious, not willing to do their job)
Entire Clinton administration (no balls)
Entire Bush administration (no clue)
Instead, Mr. Scheuer points out that the writings and speeches of Al Qaeda indicate that the key issues continue to be the presence of U.S. troops in "Holy Lands", the U.S. unabashed, one-sided, an ...more
Take Home Points:
1. Al Qaeda is not killing us because of our freedoms and our (Western) way of life. They're after us because we're in their holy places, we continue to back Israel for no apparent reasons, we give money to police states who oppress, torture ...more
The author is a Republican, so don't be thinking it's all about bashing Bush. Read it and judge for yourself.
His other primary thesis in this book is that the military, through the government's mandates, has forgotten how to fight a war, and instead has become overly concerned wit ...more
However, seeing as this book was written some years ago; his descriptions of the brewing problems in Syria and Libya seem almost prescient.
If you love reading about foreign affairs; an ...more
His first book was a great analytical piece about bin Laden, his rationale for war and al-Qaeda in general. This book is a bitter, vitriolic rant with a few facts sprinkled in for good measure.
I actually didn't read it all, as I was sliding toward the black hole of depression and just couldn't take it if it was headed where I know it was headed. I've see the author speak enough times to be aware of how bleak it all is.
Scheuer resigned in 2004. He is currently a news analyst fo ...more