posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 09:58 PM
I've actually tried posting this long post 2 other times about a week ago, but apparently there were titles with the same name and I had to retype it
each time. I gave up after the second time -- but here it is.
I've found a book called "Imperial Hubris". It is written by someone who is a supposed CIA agent... he remains anonymous in the book. His
"career" with the CIA has been entirely composed of intelligence of the Middle East. While his identity cannot be verified... the book seems pretty
Here are some quotes and you can decide. What I am quoting from is the introduction, where he basically sums up the book. The rest of the book is
him attempting to prove his theories and elaborate further.
Here they are:
My favorite quotes
"Of course, no senior US or UK official will admit to winging it. The immediate response from US policy makers and military planners, if asked if
they had thoroughly reviewed the checkables, would be something like: 'We didn't have time.' 'We had to work with the material we had on hand.'
'We had to defend America.' Good rhetoric, superfically plausible in days of unthinking high emotion, and self-protectively wrapped in red, white,
"If America's assumptions about its enemies had been valid, the Taleban might have been sitting and waiting to be annihilated when we attacked on 7
Quoting Ralph Peters: 'Democracy must be earned and learned. It cannot be decreed from without. In a grim paradox, our insistence on instant
democracy in shattered states... is our greatest contribution to global instability.'
Now the introductions points:
"US leaders refuse to accept the obvious: We are fighting a worldwide Islamic insurgency -- not criminality or terrorism -- and our policy and
procedures have failed to make more than a modest dent in enemy forces."
"The military is now America's only tool and will remain so while current policies are in place. No public diplomacy, presidential praise for
Islam, or politically correct debate masking the reality that many of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims hate us for actions not values, will get
America out of this war."
"Bin Laden has been precise in telling America the reasons he is waging war on us. None of the reasons have anything to do with our freedom,
liberty, and democracy, but have everything to do with US policies and actions in the Muslim world."
"The war bin Laden is waging has everything to do with the tenets of the Islamic religion. He could not have his current -- and increasing -- level
of success if Muslims did not believe in their faith, brethren, resources, and lands to be under attack by the United States and, more generally, the
West. Indeed, the United States, and its policies and actions, are bin Laden's only indispensable allies."
"Persian Gulf oil and the lack of serious US alternative-energy development are at the core of the bin Laden issue. For cheap, easily accessible oi,
Washington and the West have supported the Muslim tyrannies bin Laden and other Islamists seek to destroy. There can be no other reason for backing
Saudi Arabia, a regime that, since its founding, has deliberately fostered an Islamic Ideology, whose goals -- unlike bin Laden's -- can only be met
by annihilating all non-Muslims."
"This war has the potential to last beyond our children's lifetimes and to be fought mostly on US soil."