Michael Scheuer argues that the Iraq War has been a huge setback to the United States' War on Terror, making the enemy stronger and altering the geopolitical landscape in ways that are profoundly harmful to US interests and security concerns.
A twenty-two-year CIA counterterrorism officer, Michael Scheuer headed the agency's Osama bin Laden unit, managed its covert-action operations, and authored its rendition program.
In 2004, frustrated with the shortcomings of the 9/11 commission, Scheuer left his position at the CIA so that he could warn the American people of the dangers we still face from terrorist attacks and how we can correct the mistakes of the past in order to protect ourselves in the future.
In his new book, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, Scheuer takes on the questions of "What went wrong?" and "How can we fix this?" and proposes a plan to salvage the damage that has already been done and get American strategy back on track- World Affairs Council of Northern California
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Michael Scheuer is a twenty-plus-year CIA counterterrorism officer who was involved in managing some of the United States' largest and most important covert action programs in the Islamic world.
From 1996 to 1999, he served as the chief of the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. He then worked as Special Adviser to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004, and was the first chief of the US government's rendition program.
He resigned from the CIA in 2004. He is the author of the 2004 New York Times bestseller Imperial Hubris, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, writing regularly for its online publication Global Terrorism Analysis.
Michael Scheuer points to specific U.S. foreign policy as the motivation for Osama bin Laden's terrorism, not a hatred for freedom and liberty. He also expresses fear that the remaining presidential candidates will only continue the status quo.