Al Qaeda's Great Escape

Al Qaeda's Great Escape

The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes American military operations in Afghanistan, press coverage of the war, and how Osama bin Laden and many of his followers escaped from Afghanistan.

Univ of Nebraska
Details how Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda fighters slipped out of Afghanistan during the battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. The author also charges that Western media outlets, eager to satisfy their audience’s thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin Laden’s pursuit. Blinding patriotism and reliance on Pentagon press releases led them to portray events not reflecting reality on the ground. He contends that to satisfy the press and the public’s need for vengeance, the Bush administration pushed to achieve early, highly visible successes to the detriment of long-term strategy. Impatience at the top forced a rush into a war aimed primarily at “regime change,” which left the U.S. military largely empty-handed.


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Focusing on the major battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda, Smucker (a war corespondent for Time ) explains how major al Qaeda figures escaped eastern Afghanistan despite the U.S. military's victory over the Taliban. This account is paired with media criticism, revealing bias in the coverage of the war. Distributed by Books International. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781574886283
1574886282
Branch Call Number: 958.1046 Sm81a 2004
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 24 cm

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KEVIN DOWD Oct 31, 2013

Terrific thoughtfull read. Well written and insightful

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