Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail

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UPC:
9781574886290
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Paperback
Publication Date:
2005-05-01
Author:
Philip Smucker
Language:
english

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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 audiences thirst for revenge, lost their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering bin Ladens 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 publics 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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