Magazine July 6, 2015, Issue

Trained Analytic Incompetence

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight against Terrorism from al Qa’ida to ISIS, by Michael Morell (Twelve, 384 pp., $28)

In this self-righteous book, Mr. Morell, a former director of the CIA, employs his advanced de­gree in economics to display convincingly why an economist can never reach a conclusion.

Morell’s narrative darts back and forth among four themes: his personal advancement up the ranks, defense of the CIA as an institution, defense of his role in the Benghazi imbroglio, and the great war of our time.

First, his personal journey: It suggests that the surest way to the top is to be, as Morell was, a professional aide, more grandly labeled an “executive assistant.” The author is comfortable in this role, offering

Bing WestMr. West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine, is a military historian. He has written ten books about our wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the latest of which is The Last Platoon: A Novel of the Afghanistan War.

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Judging Lee-Rubio

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Features

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The Campus-Rape Lie

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

¿Se Habla Coulter?

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The Way We Teach Today

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Sections

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Poetry

SEX IN THE ENGLISH GARDEN Light, feathery Astilbe Sways gently in the breeze, Afraid she always will be Faint fluff beneath the trees Concealing dear Sweet William, Who rings each foxglove’s bell Mid coreopsis ruffles, White lily, like ...
Happy Warrior

Not Avid for Ovid

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Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

She Said She Said

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The Long View

@donaldjtrump­potus

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