Debriefing the President

Debriefing the President

The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

eBook - 2016
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In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world.
At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was.
Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era's most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America's most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein's leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers--and the Bush White House--astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world's most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780399575822
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Jan 20, 2017

A good read. Most of the books written about the last invasion of Iraq have given the intelligence community a bad rap. In this book the author reveals how intelligence is gathered and sometime tailored to suit the objectives of an ignorant decision maker.

Jan 13, 2017

Hmmm. . . .// Nixon has worked as an international risk consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE \\
I'm familiar with that wealthy country - - they do homemade snuff films there using female infidels, usually American bleached blondes? Great job, Nixon!
From Carter to the present, the US administrations have worked diligently to destroy every secular Muslim country in the Middle East and have pretty much succeeded with the present turmoil in Syria [the USA, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey worked in conjunction and managed to give us ISIS and provide aid to al Qaeda in Syria - - bravo!!!!].
More mindless books from too many former CIA twerps who only add to the problem!
The question is NOT why Americans vote against their best interests; the question is why have so many American presidential administrations behaved contrary to the best interests of Americans??? [And other civilized groups and peoples?]
[As a member of Jimmy Carter's first - - and successful - - presidential campaign, I certainly don't recall Carter ever promising any audiences that he would remove federal anti-usury regulations nor destroy secular Muslim countries such as Afghanistan?]


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