The Way of the Knife

The Way of the Knife

The CIA, A Secret Army, and A War at the Ends of the Earth

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-- The Way of the Knife This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the shadow war, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. The CIA, created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America?s enemies?in the mountains of Pakistan and the deserts of Yemen, in the tumultuous civil wars of North Africa and the chaos of Somalia. For its part, the Pentagon has become more like the CIA, dramatically expanding spying missions everywhere. Sometimes, as with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, their efforts have been perfectly coordinated. Other times, including the failed operations disclosed here for the first time, they have not. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101617946
1101617942
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: 3M Company
Summary: -- The Way of the Knife This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the shadow war, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. The CIA, created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America?s enemies?in the mountains of Pakistan and the deserts of Yemen, in the tumultuous civil wars of North Africa and the chaos of Somalia. For its part, the Pentagon has become more like the CIA, dramatically expanding spying missions everywhere. Sometimes, as with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, their efforts have been perfectly coordinated. Other times, including the failed operations disclosed here for the first time, they have not. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come.

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SEBoiko
Aug 11, 2013

To what extent might the drone strikes be creating more terrorists then they are actually killing?

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SEBoiko
Aug 11, 2013

Obama wasn't the first liberal Democratic president to embrace black operations.

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SEBoiko
Aug 11, 2013

Once the interrogation was gone all that was left was the killing.

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Aug 11, 2013

Get everthing in writing.

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Madreley
Mar 24, 2017

Really good book on some of the inter working of not only the CIA but the Dept of Defense. and how they seem at times to fight against each other in the fight against terrorism. I especially enjoyed the sections of the book that talked about individuals, some of whom seemed to be in the game only for money and others whom were true patriots.

jlazcan Jun 28, 2013

This is a fantastic book and I am quite surprised that the author was able to find out so much about the CIA and Pentagon's third and very controversial war around the world. I am not sure if he picked the brains of his privileged sources or just mined declassified documents. I am guessing a little of both. You should read this book and decide if you are comfortable with the way the government is spending your tax dollars.

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