Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

We Americans and Our Spies

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, by Michael V. Hayden (Penguin, 464 pp., $30)

Even though General Michael Hayden is seven years removed from being director of the CIA, and almost eleven removed from being director of the National Security Agency, his ghost hung heavily over a recent Republican primary debate in Detroit.

The previous week, Hayden had made news by pointing out that candidate Donald Trump was suggesting a range of illegal orders (concerning torture and the targeting of non-combatants) that the military and the intelligence community would be duty-bound to disobey. When confronted with this during the debate, Trump doggedly and condescendingly twice insisted that the military would do whatever he told them

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John Hillen, a former assistant secretary of state, is the James C. Wheat Professor in Leadership at Hampden-Sydney College’s Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, and a member of the NR, Inc. Board of Directors.

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW Frost from her breath on glass, Thin arteries made dark By a slow finger’s pass, Are the hand’s speech, and mark As something to be said Her waiting emptiness. She writes; behind ...
Politics & Policy


Bush Appreciated Thanks to Jay Nordlinger for his “43 and His Theme: A Visit with George W. Bush” (March 14). It’s a shame that Bush didn’t do more, rhetorically, to defend ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bernie Sanders’s campaign is fading, leaving his supporters red, white, and blue. ‐ It is neither a surprise nor an accident that the latest major Islamist terrorist attack to befall ...
The Long View

Final Bulletin

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