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.
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.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Unfinished Business 1
1 "Holy Shit, It's Saddam!" 11
2 "Dare To Be Right" 29
3 Destination Baghdad 43
4 Winging It 63
5 Getting Under Saddam's Fingernails 77
6 The Persian Menace 91
7 Turbans In Politics 107
8 Death to Shiites and Zionists 125
9 Saddam Blows his Top 145
10 Deep Dive In The Oval Office 159
11 Crosswise with the President 173
12 In The Shadow Of His Father 187
13 The First Draft Of History 201
14 Leaving With Regrets 217
Epilogue: A Hanging in the Middle of the Night 231