Debriefing The President
- Publish Date: 2017-02-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: John Nixon
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 eras 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 the Wests most enigmatic enemy. Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding this brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakersas well as Tony Blair and the Bush White Houseastray, with terrible consequences for the world.