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Initial post: Mar 3, 2010, 10:15:10 AM PST
Courting Fear
A former military interrogator unpacks the errors and fear-mongering in Marc Thiessen's Courting Disaster.

My gut reaction on reading Marc Thiessen's new book, Courting Disaster, was: "Why is a speechwriter who's never served in the military or intelligence community acting as an expert on interrogation and national security?" Certainly, everyone is entitled to a voice in the debate over the lawfulness and efficacy of President Bush's abusive interrogation program, regardless of qualifications. But if you're not an expert on a subject, shouldn't you interview experts before expressing an opinion? Instead, Thiessen relies solely on the opinions of the CIA interrogators who used torture and abuse and are thus most vulnerable to prosecution for war crimes. That makes his book less a serious discussion of interrogation policy than a literary defense of war criminals. Nowhere in this book will you find the opinions of experienced military interrogators who successfully interrogated Islamic extremists. Not once does he cite Army Doctrine-which warns of the negative consequences of torture and abuse. Courting Disaster is nothing more than the defense's opening statement in a war crimes trial.
http://www.slate.com/id/2246692/

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010, 2:54:52 PM PST
Grandmother says:
Tis sad that you didn't read the book. Your question will be answered.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010, 4:48:36 PM PST
They're not my questions. Did you read the full review?
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