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    The Reluctant Spy

    By kyle | March 14, 2010

    John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran and outspoken liberal who denounced harsh interrogation techniques used against some Gitmo prisoners, has a fast and funny memoir out, “The Reluctant Spy,” that affords startling and sometimes thrilling glimpses into CIA work. In my Sunday column, I wonder whether this liberal winds up grudgingly confirming some key conservative points about the war on terrror. Kiriakou’s story would make a far more interesting movie than “Green Zone.”

    Topics: Books, Iraq, Politics | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “The Reluctant Spy”

    1. spongeworthy Says:
      March 15th, 2010 at 10:25 am

      One of these sides gets to suffer. Pick one.

      Is it really this simple? Don’t you think it behooves us to show a certain and direct link from the product of enhanced interrogation to the actual whole and healthy chilfren?

      Isn’t the fact that we can rarely show a perfect correlation between the confession of a roughed-up suspect and the non-event of an aborted attack, isn’t that exactly why we have this discussion again and again?

      I wonder if there’s any loss of life, any avoidable man-made catastrophe, that we could have prevented if only we’d just whaled the tar out of some sub-human, that would reboot this whole discussion. And would it be worth it?