Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden

Synopsis

Available biographies depict Osama bin Laden as a historical figure, the mastermind behind 9/11, but no longer relevant to the world it created. In this book, Scheuer, the first head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit, provides a closely reasoned portrait of bin Laden.

Excerpt

On August 23, 2010, exactly fifteen years had passed since Osama bin Laden first declared war on the United States. Since bin Laden’s declaration—one he reiterated in February 1998, in case we hadn’t been listening that first time—Americans have heard and read an enormous amount about the man, his al-Qaeda organization, and their Islamist allies, from politicians, historians, theologians, and social scientists; from radio, press, and television pundits across the political spectrum; from admirals and generals; from westernized Muslims and evangelical preachers; from professional and armchair psychiatrists; from Just War theorists; and from the politically correct and incorrect. Armed with this torrent of advice and commentary, Americans and their government—under both parties—have sallied forth to do battle.

And they have failed miserably in every conceivable way. The Islamist enemy has not been defeated, its growth has not been stemmed, and the United States, in my view, remains largely undefended. As of this writing, the American government and most of its European peers are running the war against al-Qaeda and its allies in a manner best designed to help the Islamists achieve victory, which in their minds equates to attaining the three aims bin Laden laid out in his original declaration and subsequent messages: (a) helping to bleed . . .

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