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By John Nixon
In December 2003, after one of many greatest, so much competitive manhunts in background, US army forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein close to his place of origin of Tikrit. Beset via body-double rumors and fake alarms in the course of a nine-month seek, the Bush management wanted confident identity of the prisoner prior to it will possibly make the statement that might rocket round the world.
on the time, John Nixon used to be a senior CIA management analyst who had spent years learning the Iraqi dictator. referred to as upon to make the authentic identification, Nixon hunted for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and requested Hussein an inventory of questions simply he may possibly resolution. the guy was once certainly Saddam Hussein, yet as Nixon discovered within the resulting weeks, either he and the United States had enormously misunderstood simply who Saddam Hussein fairly was.
Debriefing the President offers an unbelievable, candid portrait of 1 of our era’s such a lot infamous strongmen. Nixon, the 1st guy to behavior a chronic interrogation of Hussein after his catch, bargains professional perception into the heritage and brain of America’s so much enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s management from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing classes and for this reason strips away the mythology surrounding an both brutal and complicated guy. His account isn't an apology, yet a sobering exam of the way preconceived rules led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and extraordinary, Debriefing the President exposes a basic misreading of 1 of the trendy world’s such a lot vital figures and offers a brand new narrative that boldly counters the bought account.
"A damning indictment of the perversion of a huge intelligence carrier by way of little minds inside of and above it." –The instances of London
“That a CIA officer should still carry strength to account in a memoir is rare, and patriotic. John Nixon has performed so with perception and magnificence. Debriefing The President is a web page turner of historic end result — good news for the republic in treacherous times.” – Nick McDonell, writer of Twelve and the top of significant strive against Operations
"Nixon captures the mental give-and-take of those exchanges [with Saddam Hussein] with gripping readability...and he describes the consequent verbal sparring with a pointy ear for nuance." – Steve Donoghue, The Christian technological know-how Monitor
"Mr. Nixon, the 1st C.I.A. officer to interrogate Hussein after his seize in December 2003, unearths gobsmacking proof approximately that deposed Iraqi chief that bring up new questions about why the U.S. afflicted to invade Iraq to oust him from energy. those information will most probably appall american citizens who've watched their nation’s blood and treasure wasted in Iraq ever since…. extra widely, Mr. Nixon bargains a stinging indictment of the C.I.A. and what he sees because the agency’s dysfunctional technique for supplying intelligence to the president and different coverage makers…. Mr. Nixon’s publication comes at a unprecedented second, while President-elect Donald J. Trump is already at struggle with the C.I.A….“Debriefing the President” will upload gasoline to the fireplace of the Trump-led feedback. it's going to additionally ship a chilling caution to someone hoping on the C.I.A. to face as much as Mr. Trump as soon as he's in office.” – James Risen, the recent York Times
“Gripping…Nixon’s publication, Debriefing the President, supplies extra ammunition to the skeptics; certainly, a few of its contents can in simple terms be defined as sensational.” – John Cassidy, the hot Yorker
"A attention-grabbing glimpse of the "tough, clever, manipulative" chief and his perspectives at the U.S. invasion, Iraqi historical past, and his personal function within the heart East...An clever and readable postscript to the Iraq battle that might be useful for destiny historians."
--Kirkus (starred evaluate)
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During the early months after the fall of Baghdad, our colleagues in military intelligence concentrated on questioning the “deck of cards,” senior regime figures who were prominent in Saddam’s government. Only after it became clear that none of Saddam’s senior officials knew where he was did the military go after his bodyguards. The special-ops officers were great guys, and Saddam probably would not have been caught without their heroic work. They attended our fusion cell meetings every morning, were eager to hear our thoughts, and often filled us in on the raids that had taken place the previous night.
Primarily because, through a bureaucratic shakeup, they had inherited leadership analysts to their country teams and, though they were not sure what leadership analysis was, were now responsible for the care and feeding of these analysts. My first day on the job they had no desk for me. When they found one, it was in another room away from the rest of the team. In fairness, by the time I arrived, Iraq Issue was dealing with a minor crisis over Saddam’s threatening to eject UN weapons inspectors from Iraq, and my managers probably felt they already had enough on their plate.
He was a man unafraid to change his mind. S. military actions as national security adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he evolved over forty years into a staunch critic of the sloppy thinking that had led us into Vietnam. I was inspired by Bundy’s unsparing honesty. Looking back at my thirteen years at the CIA, as a senior analyst at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and during eight stints on the ground in Iraq, I noticed a similar evolution in my own views. I was astonished by how much I had revised my early thinking, and I saw clearly some of the errors the United States made in pursuing a war of choice in Iraq when we knew so little about its political and sectarian arrangements.
Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon