Also an extremely vivid depiction of Al Qaeda's 911 undertaking, showing them to be a far more potent and capable adversary than as depicted in The Looming Tower. The title of the book is very appropriate. I've already had a half a dozen friends thank me for suggesting this read. Forgive this little aside, but…. It ends, however, on a positive note, describing some heartening initiatives, and expressing confidence in the sustaining power of the American spirit. Friedman paints a picture of a brilliant campaign initiated by Al Queda that had accounted for a large number of variables and logistical problems to bear fruit.
United States had already been perceived as weak in the Muslim world, with failures in Vietnam or the short-stopped operation of Desert Storm, among others, whether political, economic, or military. They even treated President Bill Clinton well despite his part in failing to kill Bin Ladin when he had the chance. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world. This is a fact that should never be remitted from that man's legacy. It is refreshing to approach a subject in a novel way and to hopefully gain some insight.
George Friedman's astute analysis of the context for the war on terror The War on Terror has devolved into a highly polarized debate over America's involvement in Iraq. But they do it twice as well as the newsweeklies and in real time. This is a non-fiction book about how George Friedman, founder and chairman of Straftor Forecasting, talks about how many of The United States' past events are all related. This book was written during the Iraq war which makes it seem unfulfilled today but after reading it you can clearly draw the path to where we are today in our battle against Al Queda and where it is going. Stratfor, his company that focuses on providing strategic global insights to clients who's businesses depend on proper decision making, has always got interesting analysis about the various conflicts around the world. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world.
Also, I think this book makes Al Qaeda appear stronger than what it actually was at the time. A must read for all Americans during this war. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject and everyone that I have already recommended it to has come back thoroughly impressed. There were outlying reports that contradicted that, as there always are in intelligence, but the concensus of every gov't on earth was that he had them. Many of the points he discusses in the book are rational and he shows how lots of the war and terrorism events in history can be tied together. Bush as an incompetent, nearly criminal idiot.
Written in 2004 so a lot has developed since then. In addition to other vital information, Doyle provides a cultural analysis and exploration of U. This book was written during the Iraq war which makes it seem unfulfilled today but after reading it you can clearly draw the path to where we are today in our battle against Al Queda and where it is going. To them, the soldiers are alien, people they have never met and don't understand. How fear and suspicion of the Saudis after 9-11 tore apart the Bush-Saudi relationship and why Saudi Arabia's closest friends in the administration became the Saudi's worst enemies.
They even treated President Bill Clinton well despite his part in failing to kill Bin Ladin when he had the chance. It is eerie how well he predicts the rise of groups more extreme than Al-Qaeda a decade before it happened. In that way, its a big success. Al Qaeda was attempting to provoke the United States into a massive attack on the Arab world as a whole, leading to a pan-Arab Islamic revolution in which the U. Kaip į visus šiuos įvykius įsitraukė Rusija, Iranas ir Europa.
Very interesting to hear the back story that devolved into Afghanistan that I experienced. At one extreme are the flag-wavers who insist that America's freedom and way of life are threatened by bloodthirsty terrorists bent on our destruction. It describes in eye-opening detail America s covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism: Not only are U. Description: 362 pages : maps ; 21 cm Contents: Prologue -- The origins of the fourth global war -- Al Qaeda's strategy and operational principles -- American strategy and the rule of unintended consequences -- The anatomy of intelligence failures -- The American way of war--planning for everything except what happened -- September 11 -- Defending the homeland : crisis and irrelevance -- Preparing for a counterattack -- The war in Afghanistan -- Tora Bora and nuclear nightmares -- Searching for a strategy : Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq -- The Iraq campaign -- The great reversal -- Conclusion : war in the balance. Having lived through and served in the military during the course of the book's contents I took special interest in Friedman's view. At one extreme are the flag-wavers who insist that America's freedom and way of life are threatened by bloodthirsty terrorists bent on our destruction. A big part of the book is about Friedman expressing his beliefs on the events that lead up to the Afghanistan War.
For more about this or any Doubleday title, visit www. The author does an excellent job of laying out a methodical and rational account of our strategy and how it unfolded. Friedman also highlights in great detail the flow of events and political play involved in the invasion of Afganistan and Iraq. In a nutshell -- he argues that the invasion of Iraq was a strategic flanking move aimed at manipulating Saudi Arabia. Friedman deftly explains the global context from which the War on Terror sprang. But who would know without references.