Magazine August 10, 2009, Issue

Brainy Bronx Kid against Terror

Michael B. Mukasey in Bangkok, June 10, 2008 (Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)
A conversation with Judge Michael B. Mukasey, George W. Bush's last attorney general

Michael Mukasey is a modest man, not a horn-tooter, and you may have missed his tenure as attorney general. He served from November 2007 to January 2009. In other words, he was President George W. Bush’s last attorney general (succeeding John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales). Mukasey is not a great talker to the press, but he has plenty to say — particularly about how America is coping, or should cope, with what used to be known as the War on Terror. (These days, the government prefers “Overseas Contingency Operations” — actually, without the capital letters.)

Mukasey is back in his hometown,

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