SO I FINISHED JACK GOLDSMITH’S NEW BOOK, The Terror Presidency, and I think that it’s a very interesting and useful book. Now I see Amy Zegart blogging over at Volokh about her new book, Spying Blind, about intelligence failures in the post-Cold War era. (She lists her top 5 most depressing findings here.) And John McGinnis has posted a paper that tends to underscore Goldsmith’s analysis. Seems like we’ve got a convergence here, which makes sense — there’s now enough history to start some analysis, and it’s time to learn lessons for the benefit of the next administration, whoever that turns out to be.
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