When a senior U.S. intelligence official with nearly twenty years of experience in national security issues says the United States is losing the war on terror – maybe, just maybe, we had better listen. This highly detailed account of the war on terror, and its failures and consequences, is written by the famous “Anonymous,” author of Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America.
In other words, he knows of what he speaks.
In this critically important book, the author gives a powerful account of the true threats posed by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and details how the war on terrorism is failing by only adding fuel to the fire. In fact, we are told that the terror groups our president keeps telling us we are “winning” against are actually becoming stronger, more powerful and bigger in numbers.
In addition to explaining a great deal of the history of the war against these specific Islamic terrorist groups, this book makes the profound point of stating that until we Americans realize the real reasons why we are hated, we will never win. The author talks at length about the fact that radical Islamic extremists are attacking us for WHAT WE DO, not because of what we are and how we think. The author, truly an inside expert, emphasizes how our deceptive leadership constantly try to convince the public that we are hated because of our freedoms and liberties. This, he says, is a lie and a dangerous one to perpetuate.
They hate us for what we do – for our arrogant and hostile and deadly foreign policies that impose our military and economic might on those with less power. The author describes the growing animosity Islamic radicals have towards all things Western, and how the war on terror we are waging does little to make our enemies hate us less. Again, we are just fueling a fire that will one day make 9-11 look like a minor brush fire. He takes us into the “enemy camp,” so to speak, to teach us how the other side views us, a priceless perspective for anyone who truly wants to understand the minds of these terrorists.
Filled with facts, figures, statistics, concepts and ideas on how we as a nation can become more secure, and less hated, this book is a mighty thrilling read and leaves you breathless as it describes the battle the West is facing. Although I found many of the author’s ideas condoning more violence to end violence, and his obvious love for killing others who disagree with us, simply unacceptable for truly finding peace and understanding in the world (but I am not so naïve to think we cannot defend ourselves…can we just not love the violence so much???), there are still many interesting and provocative suggestions for our leadership to consider from a man who has been in the heart of the battle itself.
Imperial Hubris is an eye-opener for those who thought they knew it all about the proverbial war on terrorism just by watching CNN or MSNBC. There is so much going on beneath the surface than what we, the public, are told, and it behooves us as citizens to educate ourselves on every perspective available on war on terror. After all, it looks like it is only going to get worse, folks.