Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq by Michael Scheuer

By Michael Scheuer

While Michael Scheuer first wondered the targets of the Iraq struggle in his 2004 bestseller Imperial Hubris, policymakers and traditional voters alike stood up and took observe. Now, Scheuer bargains a scathing and scary examine how the Iraq struggle has been a big setback to America's conflict on Terror, making our enemy greater and changing the geopolitical panorama in ways in which are profoundly destructive to U.S. pursuits and protection issues.

Marching towards Hell is not only one other assault at the Bush management. quite, it sounds a severe alarm that needs to be heard which will defend the nation's defense. Scheuer outlines the ways in which America's overseas coverage because the finish of the chilly struggle has undermined the very pursuits for which we're battling and performed correct into bin Laden's fingers. the continuing instability in Iraq, for instance, has supplied al Qaeda and its allies with the only factor they wish such a lot: a secure haven from which to release operations throughout borders into international locations that have been formerly tough for them to arrive. With U.S. forces and assets unfold thinner each day, the battle has depleted our power and taken al Qaeda one of those luck that it could actually now not have completed by itself.

A twenty-plus-year CIA veteran, Scheuer headed the agency's Osama bin encumbered unit, controlled its covert-action operations, and authored its rendition software. Scheuer spent his occupation constructing concepts to maintain the USA secure, in any respect deemed worthwhile via the presidents he served. It used to be his activity to take on hand intelligence and devise plans to guard american citizens, with out contemplating bias, place, or maybe latest alliances. In Marching towards Hell, Scheuer takes at the questions of "What went wrong?" and "How do we repair this?" and proposes a plan to cauterize the wear and tear that has already been performed and get American approach again on the right track. He lists a couple of painful strategies for a way we needs to shift our ideological, army, and political beliefs so as to live on, no matter if that suggests disagreeing with Israeli coverage or launching extra brutal campaigns opposed to terrorists.

America holds its future in its palms, Scheuer says, but now not approximately sufficient has been performed to safeguard the US and smash its Islamist enemies. this is often an eye-opening, alarming, contentious, and finally interesting exam of ways remote music the battle on Terror has long past, and a severe learn in knowing what we needs to do to avoid wasting it.

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Thoreau's 'A Plea for Captain John Brown' (1860) had already spoken of Brown's 'immortal life'. See Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays, New York: Dover, 1993,47. 30 The use of fanaticism as a term with which to brand opponents of imperial and colonial policies was not exclusive to the British. Reversing Catherine II's eighteenthcentury policy of tolerance and 'Islamization', and explicitly relying on the Lumieres' understanding of religious fanatisme as a key threat to political order and unity, Russian Tsarist administrators employed it to identifY Islamic political movements in Central Asia.

177. , 62. 54 22 Fanaticism menacingly prey to the passions and inevitably harbour 'a deplorable susceptibility to the excitations of envy and hatred' ,S7 he argues - referring to the spread of both anti-Semitism and doctrines of social revolution - that publics as immaterial crowds are a specific danger of the 'new democracies', pushed this way and that by the guile of demagogic writers who are, of course, capable on a whim of crystallizing dispersed publics into baying, 'acephalic' mobs. But though he too refers to fanaticism as a kind of political monomania, a pathology of excessive conviction, his real concern is with forms of social 'hypnotism'.

Allies for Freedom & Blacks on john Brown, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2001, 125. Figures ofExtremism 9 to the brink of self-destruction in the name of an abstraction'. 21 But what of the abolitionists themselves? What was their response to being stigmatized as blind fanatics, fulminating wildly in the mists of abstraction? FANATICS AGAINST SLAVERY As Joel Olson has recently shown, in work that makes a rare contribution to what he terms a 'critical theory of zealotry' 22 - a theory in which the consideration of fanaticism challenges the limitations ofliberal political theory- the epithet 'fanatic' was worn as a badge of pride among the radical wing of the abolitionist movementY Moreover, it was incorporated into a theory and practice of political rhetoric, agitation and action.

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