(E–pub/Pdf) Manhunt The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden from 911 to Abbottabad author Peter L. Bergen
Tiveness of torture as a source of useful intelligence the growth of the Joint Special Operations Command the change in approach re drone strikes intelligence the growth of the Joint Special Operations Command the change in approach re drone strikes tribal Pakistan the tricky relationship between the US and Pakistan how US intelligence tracked their man down the decision making process and details of the raid Then he follows up with an analysis of the significance of al aeda in the world todayFor a guy who is a major wonk on things military and spooky Bergen writes like an actual person He has always been #a compelling TV journalist and his communication skills are put to good #compelling TV
journalist and his communication skills are put to good here I was particularly taken with his depiction of the and his communication skills are put to good here I was particularly taken with his depiction of the It read like an action adventure novel And as a lifelong resident of NYC I confess to welling up than a little when the man responsible for murdering thousands of my neighbors was put down Bergen s access is impressive He interviewed many of the principals involved and offers a rich portrait of the hunt Peter Bergen is the real deal He knows his stuff and if you want to know how Osama bin Laden was found and dispatched track down a copy of ManhuntPS A visit to Bergen s site will offer the reward of multiple articles relating to our favorite dead vildoer Well the articles are mostly The Seventh Witch elements taken from the book so if you want a peek at the book check these samples Most of us already know the story of bin Laden s capture so it wasn t any particular interest in the subject matter that led me to this book I d just finished Bergen s United States of Jihad Americans Fighting for Radical Islam from al aeda to ISIS when this book became available in audio at my library Bergen is anxceptional journalist he writes with a comprehensiveness that a reader can appreciate Most any uestion you can think of is answered and many you did not think to askWhat was interesting about this was the political calculation behind the raid on Abbottabad the players and the opinions Two out of three of Obama s top advisors did not recommend the raid Gates and Biden and only one did Clinton I probably would have agreed with the nay sayers as I was among the few who did not think we should retaliate for 911 but I also thought that by 2011 bin Laden had been ffectively sidelined and was almost irrelevant Besides the disasters of previous such attempts just made the calculations too hard to certify and going into a sovereign country unannounced is just not the way I would do thingsBergen is very nice to Mich le Flournoy at the time Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and a member of the team watching the outcome of the raid realtime She was also founder of the New America Think Tank of which Bergen was an mployee while he was writing the book Now I think Bergen has moved on and Flournoy left government in 2012 and has several advisory roles in different non profits and Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America educational and policy organizations She is on the Board of Directors of New AmericaThe Epilogue in this book includes mention of the material that Bergen made into his book about jihadism in the US and information about relationships in the aftermath of the raid that is still relevant to us now Bergen also talks openly of the shadowy JSOC group that may have been initiallyxposed in Jeremy Scahill s work on Blackwater The Rise of the World s Most Powerful Mercenary Army I was still uite young when Osama was caught I had always been under the impression that the manhunt for the most wanted terrorist was a joint The Pocket Wife effort by the US and Pakistan Reading this book brought out aspects of the chase that I had no idea aboutThis is a very well written book by Bergen which captures thentire gamut of operations starting with the bombing of the twin towers to the death of Osama It also shows the growth and fall of the Al uaeda Getting closer to the date of the actual raid brings about the tense moments and also the implications of a failed operation The Color of Our Sky especially in the aftermath of the war on IraTowards thend the author naively believes that the biggest possible giant was toppled I guess he did not forsee the growth of ISIS Although this was a great book to read from an operations perspective I would be interested in knowing the growth of dictators from a psychological perspective I m keeping my review simpleHoly ShitInterpret as you willUpdate I decided this book deserved My ThoughtsWe know the beginning of this story the horror of 911 We know the middle the ongoing search for bin Laden the reported sightings described as Where s Waldo and the occasional released propaganda video confirming bin Laden s continued xistence We know the nd bin Laden is killed So I have to ask myself why read this bookHere s the answer The auth. Sis of what the death of OBL means for al aeda and for Obama’s legacy Just as Too Big to Fail captured in riveting detail the anatomy of this decade’s financial disaster so too is Manhunt one of the key stories of this decade the authoritative immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American histor. Mostly very informative but also a bit Obsession exciting since it s not a fiction book The author mentions very many persons which makes it less of an page turner and an appraisal to the contributors of the raid Still very interesting reading Absolutely brilliant A gripping account of the multi layered hunt for Osama bin Laden Even though you definitely know how it s going tond it s fascinating stuff Especially the chapters dealing with President Obama s decision to authorise the raid or not A great companion
To The Eually Good Non the Cabaret: A Roman Riddle eually good non work The Triple Agent and of course thexcellent film Zero Dark Thirty Highly recommended My CNN colleague Peter Bergen #S Book On The #book on the for Osama bin Laden is gripping Bergen is staggeringly brilliant meticulous level headed and writes clearly and factually with understated power yet still manages on target stabs of droll humor like this characterization of bin Laden s dull successor Ayman al Zawahiri calling him a black hole of charismaAccording to Bergen there was never 100 percent certainty among President Obama s advisors and intelligence analysts that bin Laden was at the walled compound The option the president chose was perhaps the riskiest plus he went ahead against the advice of his Defense Secretary Robert Gates who was involved in Jimmy Carter s failed mission to rescue the US hostages in IranHere are some of my favorite uotes Michael Scheuer founder of the CIA s bin Laden unit on why women are great intelligence analysts They seem to have an xceptional knack for detail for seeing patterns and understanding relationships and they also uite frankly spend a great deal less time telling war stories chatting and going outside for cigarettes than the boys If I could have put up a sign saying No boys needs apply I would ve done itBarack Obama from his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech I face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people For make no mistake vil does xist in the world A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler s armies Negotiations cannot convince al aeda s leaders to lay down their arms To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism it is a recognition of history the imperfections of man and the limits of reason Michele Flournoy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy on the plans of Admiral William McRaven to get bin Laden McRaven had a backup for very possible failure and a backup to the failure of the backup and a backup to the failure of the backup of the backupJoint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen on the importance of witnessing in person the rehearsal of the SEALs training for the raid If I am going to send somebody in to die I want tohave the opportunity to look the men in the All Roads Lead Home eye Every single one of them Personally That uote I m not ashamed to say brought me to tearsIf you re looking for an objective read on the strategy behind the take down of bin Laden this is it This book will keep you riveted cover to cover It s a powerful story It s told with a minimum number of acronyms and bureaucratic jargon Peter Bergen s knowledge of his topic shines throughThe heart of the book is the was long and detailed planning for the final operatio Hello my dear friends on this here app at the time of writing this review Tanzeel had two 2 friends After failing in my pursuit of tiktok fame I have retired to Goodreads in my old age Before reviewing this book just a uick disclaimer I have a grade C in English Language GCSE so forgive my use of semi colons randomly I procured this book in the final year of my undergraduate degree many a moon ago We were given vouchers to buy books to help facilitate our learning The year had passed and I hadn t used this 100 voucher and so I panic bought a bunch of books amongst which was Manhunt From 911 To Abbottabad The 10 Year Search for Bin Laden The book sat on my bookshelf up until recently when I finally decided to read it and boy am I glad I did Peter Bergen did a tremendous job of systematically breaking down keyvents that transpired which inevitably led to the death of Bin Laden The book also xplored though briefly the root of Bin Laden theological views and what led him to lead the life he did which has always piued my interest considering his family s vast fortune Twas a good read and I recommend you my friends to read it too if you have interest in such things Thank you for reading my first book review since primary school Though I don t know if I have reviewed the book sufficiently nough It doesn t get Cloak and Dagger than this and its a true story Bin Laden was surely the most sought after villain and mass murdere. From the author of the New York Times bestselling Holy War Inc this is the definitive account of the decade long manhunt that killed the world’s most wanted man Osama bin LadenAl aeda xpert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade including the operation that killed him. R in modern history and we are given a dramatic account of it in Peter Bergen s bookWe are presented with a CIA that made mistakes but was relentless in its 11 year pursuit of Bin Laden well much than 11 years but after 911 the uest became fundamental It is also interesting that there were a substantial number of women in the CIA involved in the track downWe also come away with a greater understanding of al aeda and how it has diminished since the invasion of Afghanistan Still there are many splinter groups that will continue to cause murderous terror in the years to come Afghanistan and Pakistan are such dysfunctional countries that these groups can grow thereI still came away from this book wondering how much had been left out The premise is that Bin Laden s chief courier to the outside world had been discovered and tracked to the Abbottabad compound Apparently there were some safe houses set up there to monitor the Bin Laden compound but this is not laborated on It would have been very conspicuous to have Westerners in this part of the world I also find it difficult to believe that Bin Laden was not being supported by some in Pakistan s ISI and their military There are many sordid and complex connections between the Pakistani authorities and the Taliban Also it was very much within Pakistan s interest to preserve Bin Laden his The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis existence was a tremendous source of money to Pakistan from the US With his death these sources will now dry upIt is indeed sad that like othervil men Bin Laden changed the course of history We will always remember that horrendous day in September2001 when the attack came Somehow the death of that man however grim it may sound gave me at least a sense of relief and maybe a moral closure Peter Bergen has been on the bin Laden beat for a long time most notably since he interviewed the al aeda leader in 1997 He has reported the xploits of Osama for the full arc of his career from freedom fighter for the Afghanis against the Soviet invader through the rise to infamy of al aeda from training Somalis in the use of RPG to training thugs and fanatics to seize commercial airliners to dark purpose Now he writes about the Osama we have not seen mostly because he has had to remain in hiding and follows the story to its bloody nd But Osama per se is not the central focus of the storyThis is an insider s look at the process of hunting down the world s most infamous terrorist From well before September 11 2001 the USA had been trying to find bin Laden but he somehow always luded his pursuers It is no secret that his initial scape from Tora Bora was the result of tactical foolishness subcontracting border security to a group of very corruptible locals pretty much guaranteeing failure and the diversion of resources from Afghanistan to that other less relevant war But what was secret was UBL s whereabouts for the next ten plus years Government sorts first referred to him as Usama bin Laden thus the UBL moniker that stuck despite a later change in vowel Bergen looks at the Just Cause efforts that were made to track him down and offers insight and new knowledge in the doingForxample The conventional view is that Ayman al Zawahiri an Egyptian doctor and al aeda s longtime second in command was bin Laden s brain But in making the most important strategic shift in al aeda s history identifying the United States as its key nemy rather than Middle Eastern regimes bin Laden brushed aside Zawahiri s obsessive focus on overthrowing the Egyptian government Bin Laden also kept Zawahiri in the dark for years about al aeda s most important operation the planning for the 911 attacks apprising his deputy only during the summer of 2001He offers the not shocking valuation that Mullah Omar was a dim witted fanatic with significant delusions of grandeur who believed he was on a mission from AllahHe also takes to task the notion that it was the intention of UBL and Al aeda by their actions to draw the #USA Into A Military Uagmire #into a military uagmire was post facto rationalization of al aeda s strategic failure The whole point of the 911 attacks had been to get the United States out of the Muslim world not to provoke it into invading and occupying Afghanistan and overthrowing al aeda s closest ideological ally the Taliban September 11 in fact resembled Pearl Harbor Just as the Japanese scored a tremendous tactical victory on December 7 1941 they also set in motion a chain of vents that led to the ventual collapse of imperial Japan So too the 911 attacks set in motion a chain of vents that would lead to the destruction of much of al aeda and ventually the death of its leaderThere are like this Bergen looks at the ffec. Other key lements of the book will includeA careful account of Obama’s decision making process as the raid was plannedThe fascinating story of a group of CIA analysts largely women who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL’s whereaboutsThe untold and action packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command JSOC and the SEALsAn analy. .