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Ent without trial But his elouent calls to jihad amplified by YouTube continue to lure young Westerners into terrorism resulting in tragedies from the Boston marathon bombing to the murder of cartoonists at a Paris weekly Awlaki’s life and death show how profoundly America has been changed by the threat of terrorism and by our own fears       Illuminating and provocative and based on years of in depth reporting Objective Troy is a brilliant reckoning with the moral challenge of terrorism and a masterful chronicle of our times From the Hardcover editi In the wrong hands a book with this kind of subject

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    Objective Troy tells the gripping and unsettling story of Anwar al Awlaki the once celebrated American imam who called for moderation after 911 a man who ultimately directed his outsized talents to the mass murder of his fellow citizens It follows Barack Obama’s campaign against the excesses of the Bush counterterrorism programs and his eventual embrace of the targeted killing of suspected militants And it recounts how the president directed the mammoth machinery of spy agencies to hunt Awlaki down in a frantic multi million dollar pursuit that woul A very tricky subject handled uite brilliantly Scot The Rebellion excesses of the Bush counterterrorism programs and his The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, eventual The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, embrace of the targeted killing of suspected militants And it recounts how the president directed the mammoth machinery of spy agencies to hunt Awlaki down in a frantic multi million dollar pursuit that woul A very tricky subject handled uite brilliantly Scot

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D end with the death of Awlaki by a bizarre robotic technology that is changing warfare the drone       Scott Shane who has covered terrorism for The New York Times over the last decade weaves the clash between president and terrorist into both a riveting narrative and a deeply human account of the defining conflict of our era Awlaki who directed a plot that almost derailed Obama’s presidency and then taunted him from his desert hideouts will go down in history as the first United States citizen deliberately hunted and assassinated by his own governm The author should read Dirty Wars and reconsider hi

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  1. says:

    Scott Shane is a New York Times national security reporter whose new book OBJECTIVE TROY explores the evolution of the American use of unmanned aerial vehicles drones as its main weapon to counter Islamic terrorism After invading Afghanistan and Ira and having both incursions turn out poorly the Obama administration came into office with the fervent belief to avoid further use of “boots on the ground” in any large number in the Middle East Events in the region did not necessarily cooperate with President Obama’s vision and threats from the region necessitated a shift in strategy The choice was rather simple; let the jihadists have their way and do nothing or reassert American troop strength A middle road emerged that of applying drones to the shifting balance of power in the Middle East and Southwest Asia to decapitate the leadership of groups that threatened the United States in Afghanistan Pakistan and Yemen The implementation of the drone strategy successfully decimated al aeda leadership in Pakistan but the United States was confronted with a new enemy in Yemen al aeda in the Arabian Peninsula AAP One of the ramifications of this new geo political threat was the emergence of Anwar al Awlaki an American citizen educated in the United States and Yemen who headed three separate mosues in America emerging as a radicalized jihadist who would be killed by a drone attack in 2011The book centers on whether the US government has the constitutional right to assassinate an American citizen if it deems them a threat to its national security Shane explores the rise of al Awlaki as a person who opposed the 911 attacks in 2001 seeing himself as a bridge between Islam and America However by 2005 after the US invasion of Ira US support for Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and his stay in London where his students were much radical than those in the United States al Awlaki grew increasingly radicalized and became a jihadi spokesperson who by 2007 was calling for attacks against the United States as he concluded that his religious beliefs and the ummah community of believers in Islam took precedence over his loyalty to his country After fleeing the United States because the FBI had learned he was not following his own moral code by engaging his sexual appetites he grew increasingly strident in calling for jihad against America Once he was linked to Nidal Hasan’s attack at Fort Hood TX and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad’s attempt to blow up an airplane with 289 passengers as it approached Detroit’s Metro Airport at Christmas in 2009 the Obama White House realized what a threat he had become Further examination brought the realization in the Justice Department that it seemed no matter what the incident be it 911 or other operations Anwar al Awlaki’s name seem to come up The uestion for President Obama was how to counter act the growing threatShane explores the evolution of Obama’s thought process and the Justice Department’s reasoning as to the legality of killing an American citizen and the morality of killing by remote control He discusses Obama’s comments as a law professor state senator and United States Senator to formulate how to deal with extremism He approved of the attacks on al aeda and the Taliban after 911 but was against President Bush’s detention rendition and interrogation program which he immediately eliminated upon assuming the presidency However he did not do away with the drone program Obama was not an ideologue as some on the right have painted him but a ruthless pragmatist when it came to the use of drones Obama’s Justice Department’s finding concluded that al Awlaki could be targeted because he posed “a continued and imminent threat” to American national securityIn 2008 al Awlaki set up a web site that markedly expanded his exposure “as his Islamic teaching was kindling volatile emotions across the English speaking world” 177 His lectures appeared on You Tube and the Internet reaching everyone interested in his message a message that was successful because of American actions in Ira and Pakistan His further success was due to his command of English and his knowledge of Arabic sacred texts along with his disarming informal way of speaking He employed the motivating power of religion with the universal uest of the young for identity as he created an attractive message for disaffected Muslims who saw him as their spokesperson and many were willing to answer his call for jihadPerhaps al Awlaki’s most successful propaganda tool was his creation of Inspire an online magazine that was written in a breezy style to promote suicide bombings and other terror tactics Shane discusses its slick presentation and internet appeal providing instructions on how to make a bomb and calling for attacks against the west Shane goes on to discuss the effect Inspire had on jihadi recruitment future attacks and how the western intelligence community tried to figure out how to respondShane does an exceptional job summarizing the constitutional arguments for and against the use of drones He also discusses the legal arguments that were pursued by Anwar’s father Nasser al Awlaki who went to federal court to try and get his son removed from the drone “kill list” Shane is very effective in discussing the legal nuances and reasoning whenever he brings up the constitutionality of whether an American citizen could become an assassination target by its governmentBy 2010 AAP was a greater threat to the United States than al aeda With the links between the Detroit bomber and Fort Hood killings it was just a matter of time before the United States would kill al Awlaki In the end al Awlaki has probably had a greater impact on the Jihadi world in death than when he was alive His life writings and speeches continue to carry a great deal of influence on the web where he has an achieved a “prophetic martyrdom” All you have to do is point to the Boston Marathon bombers the Tsarnaev brothers who learned how to make a bomb from a pressure cooker on al Awlaki’s websiteShane has written a very useful book that provides a great deal of insight into Obama and al Awlaki and their approach to dealing with events in the Middle East Further he has provided a strong narrative for the reader to understand the future legal implications of what Obama has done by targeting the Muslim preacher If there is a major criticism I can offer concerning the book it would be the illogical chronological approach that Shane presents Approaching al Awlaki’s life by offering his middle years first leads to repetition as he discusses the other stages of his development A straight chronology would have greatly benefited the reader in understanding the main subject of the book Apart from that I recommend Objective Troy to anyone who wants to understand the constitutional social media and world political issues that confront the United States in a region that brought us the “Arab spring” but continues to fall into chaos

  2. says:

    A very tricky subject handled uite brilliantly Scott Shane has written an interesting and accessible story about the links between the current Obama administration the use of drones in hunting down terrorists both domestic and international and the origins of many of USA's foreign policies regarding both the Middle East and Assassinations Hard to put down and highly enjoyable from start to finish

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    July 2016 I really wanted to get back and give this a comprehensive review even though by now I have forgotten a lot of what I wanted to sayI have to get my thoughts together on this one I listened to it rather than read it so I can't uote and don't have notes as I was driving But it deserves a thoughtful review It's changed my thinking on a number of things and deepened it on others I think every American should read this book More soon I believe this is one of the most important books I will have read in 2016 One takeaway is that the responsibility for the breadth and depth of America's drone program belongs suarely with Obama It cannot be outsourced to JSOC or to whatever dark forces you want to see at work in the CIA or NSA or leftover from RoveCheneyBlackwaterBlackopswhatever That does not mean those elements are not involved It just means that Obama was and is at the helm and he authored the program and totally knows what's going on though he may at times have delegated responsibility for the day to day and may not have been thrilled with every hitThe drone program rose to its heights because of the attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit in Obama's first year as president The infamous underwear bomber that became something of a joke only because the guy's bomb did not go off as planned The issue was that the bomb was undetectable by TSA Even worse though was that the guy was actually on a no fly list Even worse his father in I think Nigeria had gone to the US Embassy or Consulate I forget sorry it's been awhile and I'm an American idiot for not knowing which we have there and denounced his own son The father was a banker and a credible source concerned that his son had been developing radicalized views and had recently made a trip to Sudan to contact radicals He had received what seemed to be a goodbye message and the father believed that his son was traveling to America on a legitimate passport So the US had all the information it needed to stop this guy but due to one thing and another all this info was lost in the shuffle and the guy sailed through So naturally Obama hit the roof The whole presidency could have gone down as a result of this one incident in his first year If that plane had blown the Republicans would have been all over him Although TSA and all the security measures were Bush's construction it had not failed before and the fact that it failed so soon in his presidency would have been laid at his feet Obama's real concern and interest lay with domestic policy fixing the economy which also was worse than he thought thanks to Bush and fixing healthcare Also climate change So the last thing he wanted was boots on the ground in Yemen which was what dealing with an increased terror threat would lead to As an aside Shane comments on Obama's poor handling of the press in the whole situation he was on vacation when this happened and did not appear to reassure the public In general Obama and his staff have done terribly with the press IMO on this and other complex issues But throughout the book Shane comments how badly Obama has communicated about how he has handled terrorism Obama has killed hundreds of top terror agents through the drone program but has not publicized this often due to agreements with the countries in which the drone program has operated even though individually newspapers have often reported the hits there has been no public accounting of the figures and his record in this area so the public does not have a good sense of what he has accomplished if you want to think of this type of thing as an accomplishment about that later Enter the drone program Via drones you can limit collateral damage and narrow your targets By Obama's lights this was much better than the hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths that occur with an on the ground war even if civilians were killed in drone strikes To date perhaps a couple of thousand civilians have been reported killed by drones accounts vary depending on who is reporting But that is small by any accounting compared to traditional warfare However obviously no one is looking at it from the POV of those on the ground If you are a member of a small village in a remote area who happens to have a cousin visiting you are probably not thinking of him as a terrorist but as a cousin You might not have any idea about buildings in New York You might not have any idea of where New York is soldiers fighting in Afghanistan reported their shock at discovering that tribal peoples had often not even heard of the Trade Towers our own ethnocentricity is what's shocking really And suddenly than half your village is wiped out by a rocket That's surreal and of course beyond enraging So then the book begins tracing the development of Anwar al Alaki from an ordinary US immigrant who seemed uite well adjusted to a radicalized imam and eventually a terrorist leader As well the Obama administration's commitment to killing him And the Justice Department's collusion in justifying the decision to execute him without trial Which justification has been released but so heavily redacted that the reasoning behind it cannot be discerned Which is odd you know? If there is a reasoning that can be seen as legal you think they'd stand behind it and it wouldn't need to be redacted for security reasons What security concerns can there be in a legal decision? Show us the reasoning I say or scrap the decision and never ever do that again Anyway so on this whole uestionable scaffolding al Alaki gets executed by drone and then shortly after his son age 16 who has never shown any history of terrorism and who has never really even lived with his father and who has been highly involved with the pro democracy Arab Spring movement which is the opposite of terrorism is also executed by drone supposedly by accident according to JSOC Obama to his credit was furious about this and at that moment some of the control he had delegated was taken back or at least re delegated But still Out of hand and unforgivable My thing with al Alaki is that well yes he was sending people after American lives He would have been hard to capture and bring back for trial But under US law he was entitled to that trial And the thing is Jesus himself was only a rebel until he was killed It was not until his martyrdom that he developed any force as a spiritual figure Al Alaki on the other hand was already an imam with considerable weight Martyr him and you have a mess WEAKEN him and that's another thing The US had all kinds of info on Al Alaki regarding his corruption with prostitutes and the like A trial with pictures in which he confessed to these would have been a golden opportunity In fact arresting him much earlier on and going through that would have been so much smarter What idiotsIn any case this book is well worth the read for the inside look at the tradeoffs muff ups hard choices personal moral failings not to mention Republican obstructionism that have got us into a lot of unnecessary entanglements If you want to understand than the headlines that will continue to plague us I urge you to read this book

  4. says:

    The author should read Dirty Wars and reconsider his premise Just because Washington tells you it's so doesn't mean it is There is no proof that Al Awlaki had involvement in terrorist activity

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    The title of this book is insufficiently descriptive; what this book really is is the first full length biography of Anwar al Awlaki the American AAP operative media personality and first American ever to be deliberately killed by a Predator drone I was waiting for someone to do such a biography Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars covered some of the broader points and this was really satisfying in depth and scope Not only is it a retelling of Awlaki's life and the sensational turns it took it also intertwines it with Obama's own life and his ultimate decision to kill him Such a narrative strategy easily runs the risk of becoming hackneyed or strained but in this case is done in a very artful and compelling mannerThe author gets amazing access to Awlaki's family his tribe in Yemen CIA operatives and White House officials and correspondingly the level of information is great To his credit he also segues into philosophical reflections on the War on Terror era that are deeply thoughtful moving and impeccably written The story never bogs down in the details which in the hands of a less skilled writer could have become burdensome but instead is told in an absolutely gripping and poetic fashion throughout There are still things about Awlaki's life particularly his own apparently tortured and conflicted inner life I assume? that we'll never know but this is probably as comprehensive an investigation as will ever be carried outI really recommend this book to anyone whether interested in War on Terror issues or not Its an excellent story compellingly written deeply thoughtful and compelling but thanks to the philosophical commentary and reflections it contains and which the title undersells it is also one of those rare books that has the potential to change the way one looks at the world and interprets both past and future

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    This book was excellent on many levels Its’ an examination of two areas the American Muslim Anwar al Awlaki and the decision to use drones to kill him in YemenLet us first examine the tragic life story of Awlaki He was born in the US but his parents came from Yemen His father got an engineering degree in the US and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps – getting a degree and then possibly re locate to Yemen and apply his skills there His father had settled back in his ancestral home and was supporting his sons’ studies in the USAwlaki did not wish to pursue a career in engineering; instead he gravitated to Islamic studies in the American universities he attended He then became an imam first at a Mosue in San Diego then at one in Virginia near Washington DC The author points out that he took on a rather conservative outlook on his faith unlike his parents and siblingsWhen 911 happened he condemned it and also realized that it was an opportunity to attain status in the media He spoke fluent English and Arabic Awlaki was featured in several interviews and talk shows and started to see himself as a constructive bridge between Islam and the United States and the West in generalThis “bridge” started to unravel for external and personal reasons The invasion of Ira did not help Among other things like marital issues there was a conflict between the father and son; his father kept pushing Awlaki to get a technical degree thus pursuing a secular lifestyle Also his father was financially supporting his son his son’s wife and their childrenAwlaki felt he could no longer reside in the US and left for England for a few months where he encountered and was influenced by a brand of Islam far extremist than that found in the US After he left to re unite with his wife and family at his father’s house in Sanna Yemen There he joined up with Al aeda members and to paraphrase George Bush’s phrase of “You are with us or against us”; Awlaki felt that a true Muslim must reject the non Muslim world – either convert the infidel or destroy himAwlaki was a very effective preacher and his sermons started to proliferate on the internet particularly in the English speaking world He also went from preaching to operational He met with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the infamous underwear bomber Awlaki told him to detonate his underwear bomb on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit over the US Fortunately Abdulmutallab was physically subdued by passengers when the plane was landing in DetroitIt was at this stage that the Obama government decided to kill Awlaki using drones in Yemen It took over two years of surveillance to do this The author discusses at length the moral and constitutional ramifications of this actSome pointed out that by killing Awlaki it would make him into an even greater hero in the extremist Muslim world This would appear to have happened as there are now thousands of YouTube videos of Awlaki’s sermons to choose from And along with the inflammatory rhetoric there are instructions in his videos on how to make homemade bombs Among others the brothers Tsarnaev used these for the Boston Marathon bombingsAwlaki struck me as an ill adjusted individual in pursuit of some sort of fame adulation and recognition When it was no longer possible to do that in the US he sought a platform in the dark side of extremist Islam In some ways his life parallels that of Sayyid utb the Egyptian Muslim cleric who came to the US in the late 1940’s and was shocked by their liberal attitudes like young women dancing utb called for a return to traditional Islam and wrote several texts on the subject which to this day continue to motivate extremists Both Bin Laden and Awlaki read utb and believed in his call for a return to the true and original Islam Now Awlaki has added to this literature in cyberspace – and with instructions on how to make home made bombs This is a disturbing book that points out the many dilemmas and the moral ambiguity faced by the US government and all of us when encountering fundamentalist Islam

  7. says:

    5 starsAn absolutely fascinating book that adds a lot of context to a significant amount of news we’ve heard since September 11 2001 regarding the Global War on Terror More specifically it’s a detailed examination of two men set on a collision course The man who would be President Barrack Obama and the first citizen of the United States to be hunted down and executed without a trial Anwar al Awlaki Awlaki’s story is uite incredible His name would turn up time and time again in almost every major story starting with 911 I read each chapter multiple times This is truly fascinating must know stuff Highly Recommended

  8. says:

    This detailed but accessible book accounts for the rise to prominence and radicalization of Anwar al Awlaki His message became central to many of the terror plots between 911 and the rise of the Islamic State and those seeking a better understanding of his story should look here Shane uses a compelling narrative style to paint a picture of the troubled imam who went from the “moderate” cleric interviewed extensively after 911 to the main terrorist threat to America The author uses first hand accounts to establish the course of this change and where information is scarce present the reader with what’s available and lets them decide for themselves what seems most plausible When discussing the complex and politically charged issues of drone strikes and Obama’s foreign policy Shane takes a nuanced view appropriate to the material He describes the fundamental pros and cons of drones as a national security tool and does a good job of keeping his opinions out of the narrative In all the book is a good primer on radicalism and AAP It’s written to appeal to a broad audience who are interested in national security matters and warrants a read by anyone who wants an overview of al Awlaki’s life and times

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    In the wrong hands a book with this kind of subject matter can become a pulpit for someone on either extreme side of the political aisle Fortunately Scott Shane leaves it to the reader to determine where they stand on the issue of drone warfare in general and the targeted killing of an American in particular Shane provides a sense of where he comes out on these issues but he isn't overbearingThis book primarily tells the story of Anwar al Awlaki from his early years as a student and later an imam in America who condemned the 911 attacks to his later career as an imam in Yemen where he called for the killing of all Americans The transformation is remarkable and Shane tells his story very well Interspersed within the Awlaki narrative are the stories of the drone pilots and the issues they face Shane also takes us through Barack Obama's positions on terrorism as he begins his first campaign for presidency and Obama's policies while in office Shane gains access to members of Obama's inner circle and tells the stories of what's happening behind the scenes as the US ramps up its drone strikesThe reading experience reminded me of Kai Bird's excellent book The Good Spy Bird's book challenges the notion of what a good person really is and how the same person can be viewed across the spectrum of good and evil depending on who's doing the viewing Here Shane raises issues about the many collateral conseuences of drone warfare This book deserves a wide audienceEdit I would also add Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman to the books that overlap well with Objective Troy

  10. says:

    Shane did a thoughtful and methodical job of showing how Al Alwaki became radicalized and then carefully explained the Obama administration's actions while trying to adhere to constitutional legality all the missteps ill thought decisions and failed jokes in awkward press conferences leading to the assassination of an American citizen whose right to a trial was not honored and a precedent we need to confront Shane isn't pro or anti Obama that is not the point Obama's and his DOJ's choices here have changed everything

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