Scott Horton Interviews 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.
MP3 here. (40:02)
Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit. He is the author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.