Courting Disaster by Marc A. Thiessen
How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack

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White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen was locked in a secure room and given access to the most sensitive intelligence when he was tasked to write President George W. Bush’s 2006 speech explaining the CIA’s interrogation program and why Congress should authorize it. Few know more about these CIA operations than Thiessen, and in his new book, Courting Disaster, he documents just how effective the CIA’s interrogations were in foiling attacks on America, penetrating al-Qaeda’s high command, and providing our military with actionable intelligence. Thiessen also shows how reckless President Obama has been in shutting down the CIA’s program and releasing secret documents that have aided our enemies. Courting Disaster proves:

How the CIA program thwarted specific deadly attacks against the U.S.
Why “enhanced interrogation” was not torture by any reasonable legal or moral standard
How the information gained by “enhanced interrogation” could not have been acquired any other way
How President Obama’s actions since taking office have left America much more vulnerable to attack

In chilling detail, Thiessen reveals how close the terrorists came to striking again, how intelligence gained from “enhanced interrogation” repeatedly stymied their plots, and how President Obama’s dismantling of this CIA program is inviting disaster for America.
 

About Marc A. Thiessen

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Marc Thiessen’s 15-year foreign policy career includes being being the top White House speechwriter, Sec. Rumsfeld’s speechwriter at the Pentagon, and spokesman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is currently a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution. Thiessen lives near Washington, D.C.
 
Published December 29, 2009 by Regnery Publishing. 494 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Unlike the New York Times’s, the Publisher’s Weekly list includes diet and self-help books in its nonfiction list — which, in a way, is appropriate.

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Just got word last night that Courting Disaster will come in at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list for the week of February 14.

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I am a huge admirer of Mukasey, so I was particularly humbled by his kind words about my book, Courting Disaster: GAFFNEY: Yeah, you know there is an interesting piece in Real Clear Politics today by Mark Thiessen who I think you worked with in the Bush administration who talks about Scott Brow...

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