Michael Scheuer: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Michael Scheuer

Former Senior CIA Officer; Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation; and Adjunct Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University

Former Senior CIA Officer Michael Scheuer spent over 20 years with the CIA working on national security issues related to Afghanistan and South Asia, Islamist insurgencies and counter-narcotics. The first chief of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit, Scheuer managed its covert-action operations and authored its rendition program.

In 2004, Scheuer resigned from the CUA over the failure of the 9/11 Commission to find anyone responsible for any of the governmental failures that occurred before the 9/11 attacks. Frustrated by the relentless interventionism of U.S. politicians in both parties, Scheuer resigned from the agency in order to add his voice to the dialog about how best to keep America safe. Frustrated by what he views as a systemic failure across all branches of government and political parties, Scheuer authored the best-selling Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror. The book assessed al Qaeda’s motives in confronting the United States and urged policymakers to employ both different analysis and different methods.

His latest book, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, Scheuer takes on the questions of "What went wrong?" and "How can we fix this?" and proposes a plan to cauterize the damage that has already been done and get American strategy back on track. He lists a number of painful recommendations for how we must shift our ideological, military, and political views in order to survive, even if that means disagreeing with Israeli policy or launching more brutal campaigns against terrorists.

Scheuer spent his career developing strategies to keep America safe, by any means deemed necessary by the presidents he served. It was his job to take available intelligence and devise covert-action plans to protect Americans, without considering bias, position, or even existing alliances. Combining this unbiased approach with his expert knowledge of the region, Scheuer provides audiences with a unique outlook on the War on Terror, Afghanistan/Pakistan, U.S. Foreign policy, and the culture of interventionism that dominates both U.S. political parties and most of the media.

He holds two Masters Degrees and a Ph. D., and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation, adjunct professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and consultant for 60 Minutes.

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  • Marching Towards Hell: America and Islam After Iraq
  • Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror

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