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The secret history of Anonymous
The author of Imperial Hubris is unmasked and says he fears for his job at the CIA, not for his life at the hands of Al Qaeda
BY JASON VEST
Provocative language Based on some of the interviews with Imperial Hubris author Anonymous (CIA officer Michael Scheuer, as weve revealed) over the past couple of weeks, its hard to avoid concluding that Scheuer is not spoiling for a crusade of bloody constraint against the Islamic and Arab worlds. He recently told NPR that "Im not, you know, a warmonger." Still, phrases from the book like "killing in large numbers is not enough to defeat our Muslim foes" and "proceed ... until we have annihilated the Islamists who threaten us," suggest otherwise to many. Scheuers fits of bellicosity are best understood in context, so heres a brief summation of the book. On one level, Imperial Hubris is likely to confound everyone and satisfy no one, given Scheuers heterodox analytical style. Neocons, for example, will doubtless be warmed by his occasional veneration of Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington, Victor Davis Hanson, and others. They wont be at all happy, however, about how he parses neocons and their philosophy as a whole, subjecting them along with just about everyone else across the political spectrum to withering criticism where deserved.