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review of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

March 5, 2017  •  City Journal

In December 2016, ten years after Saddam Hussein was hanged, John Nixon published an account of his work as the first CIA officer to interrogate the deposed Iraqi leader after his capture near his hometown of Tikrit. The Bush administration needed to be sure that the dirty, disheveled, bearded man U.S. soldiers had dragged out of a spider hole on a farm was, in fact, the fugitive who for nine months had eluded one of the most intensive manhunts in military history. Having spent three years as a "leadership analyst" at the CIA studying Saddam and having been stationed in Baghdad since October 2003, Nixon was asked to verify that American forces had finally found their man.

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Why Democrats and Republicans are both wrong about Putin and Russia

February 27, 2017  •  Fox News

No single foreign policy challenge is more contentious, or crucial, than getting Russia right. Under President Donald Trump, Republicans and Democrats have embraced diametrically opposing views on how to handle President Vladimir Putin.

Both have it wrong.

Throughout the campaign and the initial days of his presidency, Mr. Trump has continued to express admiration for President Putin and his desire for warmer relations with Moscow.

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Who's Behind the Leaks?
Many in Washington wish the new president ill

February 17, 2017  •  City Journal

Call it the Oval Office virus. After less than a month in office, President Donald J. Trump, who as a candidate embraced WikiLeaks and a torrent of leaks about his rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, has become a champion of government secrecy. In a rowdy, 77-minute press conference Thursday, Trump said that he had personally instructed the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the leak of embarrassing information about his conversations with foreign leaders and former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russia. While it is unusual for a president to ask for such a criminal investigation, or to discuss it publicly, no law prevents him from doing so. "It could be perceived as a political witch hunt," warned Susan Hennessey, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and former intelligence agency lawyer.

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Trump: Leaked transcripts of Mexico, Australia calls 'disgraceful'

February 5, 2017  •  Fox News

President Trump on Saturday denounced the leaks of transcripts of his telephone conversations with leaders of Australia and Mexico as "disgraceful" and said his administration was searching "very, very hard" for the leakers.

Trump, speaking exclusively to Fox News, accused "Obama people" of giving news organizations embarrassing details of his recent tense phone conversations with his Australian and Mexican counterparts, and said that the holdovers from the Obama administration still serving on his White House and National Security Council staff were being replaced.

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Trump v. Radical Islam

January 20, 2017  •  City Journal

In his brief, blunt, and protectionist inaugural speech, President Donald J. Trump declared war on "radical Islamic terrorism," using a phrase that former president Barack Obama refused to say during his eight years in office. Trump vowed not only to defeat the Islamic State and all other like-minded extremist Muslim movements, but to "eradicate" them "completely from the face of the earth." Though Trump paid lip service to the need to "reinforce old alliances," "form new ones," and "unite the civilized world" against extremists to defeat Islamic militancy, the thrust of his main message to America's allies and would-be coalition partners—"America First"—is at odds with that goal.

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Books by Judith Miller

Cover of The Story: A Reporter's Journey Cover of Germs Cover of God Has Ninety-Nine Names Cover of Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf Cover of One, by One, by One

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