Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam by John Nixon

By John Nixon

In December 2003, after one of many biggest, so much competitive manhunts in heritage, US army forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein close to his native land of Tikrit. Beset by way of body-double rumors and fake alarms in the course of a nine-month seek, the Bush management wanted confident identity of the prisoner sooner than it will possibly make the assertion 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 identity, Nixon hunted for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and requested Hussein a listing of questions merely he may possibly resolution. the fellow was once certainly Saddam Hussein, yet as Nixon discovered within the resulting weeks, either he and the USA had significantly misunderstood simply who Saddam Hussein fairly was.
Debriefing the President offers an wonderful, candid portrait of 1 of our era’s so much infamous strongmen. Nixon, the 1st guy to behavior a protracted interrogation of Hussein after his catch, bargains professional perception into the background and brain of America’s such a lot enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s management from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing classes and therefore strips away the mythology surrounding an both brutal and complicated guy. His account isn't an apology, yet a sobering exam of ways preconceived rules led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and extraordinary, Debriefing the President exposes a primary misreading of 1 of the fashionable world’s so much critical figures and provides a brand new narrative that boldly counters the bought account.

"A damning indictment of the perversion of a big intelligence provider via little minds inside of and above it." –The instances of London

“That a CIA officer should still carry energy to account in a memoir is rare, and patriotic. John Nixon has performed so with perception and elegance. Debriefing The President is a web page turner of old outcome — good news for the republic in treacherous times.” – Nick McDonell, writer of Twelve and the tip of significant wrestle 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, finds gobsmacking proof approximately that deposed Iraqi chief that increase new questions on why the U.S. stricken to invade Iraq to oust him from strength. those info will most probably appall americans who've watched their nation’s blood and treasure wasted in Iraq ever since…. extra widely, Mr. Nixon deals a stinging indictment of the C.I.A. and what he sees because the agency’s dysfunctional procedure for offering intelligence to the president and different coverage makers…. Mr. Nixon’s publication comes at a rare second, whilst President-elect Donald J. Trump is already at battle with the C.I.A….“Debriefing the President” will upload gas to the fireplace of the Trump-led feedback. it is going to additionally ship a chilling caution to an individual relying on the C.I.A. to face as much as Mr. Trump as soon as he's in office.” – James Risen, the hot York Times

“Gripping…Nixon’s booklet, Debriefing the President, provides extra ammunition to the skeptics; certainly, a few of its contents can in basic terms be defined as sensational.” – John Cassidy, the hot Yorker

"A attention-grabbing glimpse of the "tough, intelligent, manipulative" chief and his perspectives at the U.S. invasion, Iraqi background, and his personal function within the heart East...An clever and readable postscript to the Iraq battle that may be beneficial for destiny historians."
--Kirkus (starred evaluation)

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He put up his index finger and said, “I want you to listen to me. I never asked anyone to put up a statue of me. ’ I would tell them no. But the command would overrule me. ” Again, my jaw dropped because I knew he wouldn’t defer to subordinates. As we prepared to leave, I said to him, “Saddam, you mentioned that I could learn a lot from you about politics. ” Saddam grunted his assent, and we filed out of the room. We went back to the CIA station as the sun was coming up. Walking back to my trailer, I began to meet people who were just waking up and wanted to know what had happened.

WINGING IT 5. GETTING UNDER SADDAM’S FINGERNAILS 6. THE PERSIAN MENACE 7. TURBANS IN POLITICS 8. DEATH TO SHIITES AND ZIONISTS 9. SADDAM BLOWS HIS TOP 10. DEEP DIVE IN THE OVAL OFFICE 11. CROSSWISE WITH THE PRESIDENT 12. IN THE SHADOW OF HIS FATHER 13. THE FIRST DRAFT OF HISTORY 14. LEAVING WITH REGRETS EPILOGUE: A HANGING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Acknowledgments About the Author As required of all current and former employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, I submitted the manuscript of this book to the CIA’s Publication Review Board.

We were always on the lookout for new footage of him and for signs he might be in ill health. In 1999, I saw video of him in which it was clear he had lost a good deal of weight. This was around the time of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s visit to Baghdad. I began poring over recent videos and photographs with CIA doctors. We figured Saddam was simply on a health kick. We were right, but it did not include giving up cigars. ” He was not going to tell Washington and the world that we had captured Saddam until we were absolutely sure the man wasn’t a body double.

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