Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612342511
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,126,620
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    We Didn't Cover the Backdoor

    Whereas Steve Coll's epic nonfictional The Ghosts of War as that shows the many characters in the Indian subcontinent from CIA agents to Pakistani prime ministers to bureaucrats in Washington bent on destruction of the Soviets, and this is the result, where the bureaucrats send our children into a war after the CIA biggest success--defeating the Soviets through Afghan proxies--although we should have known--that the Afghan "Arabs" and the uncouth Pashtuns like Golbuddin Hekmatyar, who we sold as freedom fighters. They were freedom fighters up to the cash, turning away to their opium and heroin dealing, and also their Pashtun nationalism mixed with Islamic imperialism which most Americans still don't understand that is what the Taliban was--more of an ethnic movement, uniting their culture with a militant Islamic faith against the Iranian-influenced Tajiks and Uzbeks, who were influenced by the Russians. This is the book for the first mistakes in Afghanistan like Tora Bora.

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