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On June 23 both CBS Evening News and ABC News reported on a new book coming up by a CIA agent closely involved in the War on Terror. The book is: Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terrorism. "...the author is identified only as "Anonymous," but former intelligence officials identified him as a 22-year veteran of the C.I.A. who is still serving in a senior counterterrorism post at the agency and headed the bin Laden station from 1996 to 1999." The New York Times has a review of the book.
  • "In the book, the author denounced the American invasion of Iraq as "an avaricious, premeditated unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat," and said it would fuel the anti-American sentiments on which Mr. bin Laden and his followers draw. 'There is nothing that bin Laden could have hoped for more than the American invasion and occupation of Iraq,' he writes."
  • "In warning that the United States is losing the war on terrorism, Anonymous writes: "In the period since 11 September, the United States has dealt lethal blows to Al Qaeda's leadership and if official claims are true have captured three thousand Al Qaeda foot soldiers." At the same time, he adds, "we have waged two failed half-wars and, in doing so, left Afghanistan and Iraq seething with anti-U.S. sentiment, fertile grounds for the expansion of Al Qaeda and kindred groups.'"
  • "The author expresses 'a pressing certainty that Al Qaeda will attack the continental United States again, that its next strike will be more damaging than that of 11 September 2001, and could include use of weapons of mass destruction.'"
  • "'After the next attack,' he adds, 'misled Americans and their elected representatives will rightly demand the heads of intelligence-community leaders; that heads did not roll after 11 September is perhaps our most grievous post-attack error.'"
CBS & NBC News
Stories on June 23
Clinton Clarke Voice of Reason Price

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