The Way of the Knife

The Way of the Knife

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

Book - 2013
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A Pulitzer Prize - winning reporter's riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America's special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can't go. The Way of the Knife tells the previously untold story of that shadow war- a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies. Washington has embraced this new approach to war as a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation, championing it 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, fuelled instability, and created new weapons, unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters engaged in the shadow war, and reveals how two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, are 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 in 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 co-ordinated. At other times, including in 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: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594204807
Branch Call Number: 356.16097 MAZ
Characteristics: xii, 381 pages :,illustrations


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Aug 11, 2013

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

Aug 11, 2013

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

Aug 11, 2013

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

Aug 11, 2013

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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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