Raging neo-cons all over the country donâ€™t care for Ron Paul and his assertion that American interventionism in the Middle East is one important factor contributing to the radicalization of an ever-growing number of Muslims into suicidal, anti-American terrorists. But what does the leading expert on Osama bin Laden say?
Michael Scheuer is a 22 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From 1996 to 1999, he was the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka Alec Station), the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. From September 2001 to November 2004, he served again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit. His insider perspective and expertise led him to write a book, anonymously, titled Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America, Revised Edition. We now know that he is also the anonymous author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.
So, if anyone would seem a natural to line up with Giuliani – who has gained his â€œconservativeâ€ followingÂ through his tough guy reputation – following his now-famous exchange with Dr. Paul at the South Carolina debate, it would be this guy. But that is precisely the opposite of what has happened.
This day found Scheuer standing beside the castigated Ron Paul, rather than next to the would-be defender of American Empire around the world, Rudy Giuliani. And this is what Scheuer had to say at Dr. Paulâ€™s press conference in the nationâ€™s capital on Thursday: â€œForeign policy is about protecting America. Our foreign policy is doing the opposite.â€
â€œOur foreign policy is doing the opposite,â€ he said. This is exactly what Dr. Paul has been contending – but being ridiculed as being naÃ¯ve over. But if that quote isnâ€™t clear enough, here is what Scheuer wrote in the book, Through Our Enemiesâ€™ Eyes:
â€œ[T]he crux of my argument is simply that America is in a war with militant Islamists that it cannot avoid; one that it cannot talk or appease its way out of; one in which our irreconcilable Islamist foes will have to be killed, an act which unavoidably will lead to innocent deaths; and one that is motivated in large measure by the impact of U.S. foreign policies in the Islamic worldâ€¦â€
The neo-cons need to start reading some books starting with Scheuerâ€™s own works and The 9/11 Commission Report, they also recommend other expert analyses of terrorism and interventionism, such as Chalmer Johnsonâ€™s Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.
Perhaps Dr. Paulâ€™s â€œconservativeâ€ critics could do some reading, as well. If these contemporary works donâ€™t suit them, maybe a few from the conservative canon will suffice – you know, works with authors like Edmund Burke, George Washington, and Russell Kirk, for example. Of course the neo-cons probably consider books as part of the left wing media bias as well.Â ï¿½