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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. 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


    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. 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

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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. 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

10 thoughts on “Objective Troy

  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 terror

  2. says:

    A very tricky subject handled uite brilliantly Scott Shane has written an interesting and accessible story about the links between the

  3. says:

    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

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    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 th

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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

  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

  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

  9. says:

    In the wrong hands a book with this kind of subject matter can become a pulpit for someone on either extreme side of the p

  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

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