Suskind’s whistle-blower account of the Bush administration’s conduct of the GWOT will rile you

one percent doctrine 

Just finished Ron Suskind’s The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, part of a series of books on US foreign policy and its conduct of the GWOT that I’m planning to digest.  Suskind’s explanation of the Cheney-devised doctrine that a 1% probability of a suspected action against the US warrants enough cause for action – evidence, analysis and due process be damned – left me feeling a little disgusted, and puts in clearer light the events depicted in Gavin Hood’s movie Rendition, which I caught yesterday.  Then again, that Suskind is a Tenet fan is very obvious in the last parts of the book, painting what is arguably an over-sympathetic portrait of a DCI whose own peculiar brand of loyalty to Potus George is in many ways his undoing. 


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