Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail

Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail

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by Philip G. Smucker
     
 

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Details how Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda fighters slipped out of Afghanistan during the battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. The author also charges that Western media outlets, eager to satisfy their audience's thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin Laden's pursuit. Blinding patriotism and reliance on Pentagon…  See more details below

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Details how Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda fighters slipped out of Afghanistan during the battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. The author also charges that Western media outlets, eager to satisfy their audience's thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin Laden's pursuit. Blinding patriotism and reliance on Pentagon press releases led them to portray events not reflecting reality on the ground. He contends that to satisfy the press and the public's need for vengeance, the Bush administration pushed to achieve early, highly visible successes to the detriment of long-term strategy. Impatience at the top forced a rush into a war aimed primarily at "regime change," which left the U.S. military largely empty-handed.

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ISBN-13:
9781612342511
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This action-packed account from the ground in Afghanistan documents the escape of the world's most wanted man. Smucker provides incite into the thinking of the Afghan warlords and their Green Beret advisors as the 'great escape' unfolds before the eyes of the world's media. OK, there are a lot of media clowns whose idiosyncracies are well-documented herein. But where was the US military (10th Mountain Division and the Marines) and why didn't we get a little more bang for our buck? Afterall, this was the 'Dream Team' that brought us the stellar invasion of Baghdad -- whoops no WMD. But at Tora Bora the prize was much greater -- bin Laden that nasty, no-good bearded barbarian who took down the world trade centers. I want my taxes back for the last three years! Exciting account that you'll read in a sitting -- if you can put the kids to bed and stay sober when the going gets rough...Highly recommended