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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, discusses the mostly-unknown motivation for 9/11: bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa, the U.S. media’s Israel bias that prevents them from explaining the link between terrorism and foreign policy, the 14 missed chances to kill bin Laden from 1998 to 2001 including the Tora Bora escape, why Gen. Petaeus’s political ambition and Obama’s face-saving guarantee that the failed Afghan War will muddle on, Pakistan’s anger about India’s role in rebuilding Afghanistan, the history of failed civilian governments in Pakistan, the centrally connected operations of al Qaeda offshoots, the U.S. folly of pitting Christian Ethiopia against Islamic Somalia to effect regime change, how terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could have been killed before the 2003 Iraq invasion instead of in 2006 and why U.S. energy dependence means paying for gasoline with the blood of soldiers.

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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the government’s reliance on CIA covert action instead of conventional military force to protect the U.S., how the Congress and President fail to take meaningful action because they seek the adulation of the media and Europe,  the wisdom in leaving Afghanistan ASAP and how Americans won’t realize their government isn’t protecting them until Osama bin Laden attacks again.

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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the credibility of claims that al Qaeda is planning an attack bigger than 9/11, the logic behind suicide terrorism, why a quick withdrawal from Iraq is unlikely, how U.S. security agencies are hamstrung by porous borders and ports, the role of Nigerian oil in future U.S. intervention Somalia and why al Qaeda wanted Obama to win the presidency.

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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the likely view of Barack Obama and John McCain’s foreign policy positions from al Qaeda’s perspective, how developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are too good to be true for them, the importance of the book Who Speaks for Islam, former DCI George Tenet’s withholding of Scheuer’s team’s report debunking accusations about Saddam Hussein’s ties to al Qaeda before Powell’s UN speech, the lies and omissions of the 9/11 commission and infighting between intelligence agencies in the run up to September 11th.

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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

“Well, you know, the only people taking ‘marching orders’ from Osama bin Laden, as far as I can tell, are every presidential candidate, Mr. Clinton and Mr.Bush – except Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul has it very square about what the motivation of our enemy is, and it’s certainly exactly what he said it is, intervention. …

“Really, it is the American political establishment that is marching to al Qaeda’s beat, not Mr. Paul.”

Michael Scheuer, former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Imperial Hubris, discusses:

  • His view of the legitimacy of the new bin Laden tape and the mention of his book
  • His belief that current U.S. foreign policy is exactly what bin Laden wants and that Rep. Ron Paul M.D. has the best understanding of the enemy, their motivations and how to deal with them
  • The sad fact that bin Laden wins whether America leaves Iraq now or later
  • The “near” and “far” enemy
  • The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and what he believes should be done there
  • Why he believes that al Qaeda wants to detonate a nuke here
  • His support for the conclusions of Robert A. Pape in his book Dying to Win that suicide bombing is caused by foreign occupation and the role of religion in the motivation of al Qaeda (they believe they’re defending theirs)
  • The role of the mujahedeen in the 1999 Kosovo War
  • The lack of threat posed to America by Syria and Iran and of cooperative links between Iran and al Qaeda
  • The expansion of the war to Africa
  • The impossibility of an “al Qaeda in Iraq” takeover in the event of U.S. withdrawal
  • The degree of the danger that AQI represents in the long term
  • He and his CIA colleagues review of the evidence of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda for the CIA before the Iraq war and their report to George Tenet of the fact that there were none
  • His view that the vast majority of post-9/11 domestic terrorism prosecutions have been bogus cases of entrapment
  • Closed borders
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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer, the former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Republican Presidential debate held Tuesday May 15, when Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) stated that American foreign policy was a “contributing factor” in the 9/11 attacks.

“They attack us because we’ve been over there; we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.” Paul said. He was then denounced by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who said it was “absurd” and that he’d “never” heard such a thing before demanding a retraction.

In an interview with Antiwar.com’s Antiwar Radio on May 18, Scheuer, who was the head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Alec Station, and authored the books Through Our Enemies Eyes and Imperial Hubris, said “I thought Mr. Paul captured it the other night exactly correctly. This war is dangerous to America because it’s based, not on gender equality, as Mr. Giuliani suggested, or any other kind of freedom, but simply because of what we do in the Islamic World – because ‘we’re over there,’ basically, as Mr. Paul said in the debate.”

Scheuer also agreed with Dr. Paul’s statement in the debate that the war in Iraq was a diversion from capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and that bin Laden was “delighted” that the U.S. is occupying Iraq as it has become a training ground and recruiting tool for new jihadists joining the movement.

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Antiwar Radio: Michael Scheuer

Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer discusses Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda, their true motives, how best to fight against them, torture, the escape at Tora Bora, the FBI and CIA in the months before September 11th, the 9/11 Commission sham, the Israeli art students, the Israel and Saudi lobbies, reports that a Pakistani general financed Mohammed Atta, Bojinka, Bill Clinton and 10 blown chances to get bin Laden and the total lack of evidence of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection.

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