Soviet Union to 9/11 to the Iraq war -- Donald Trump's apparent deep mistrust of the agency could be seen as something positive.
In a new book, “Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein," former CIA analyst John Nixon details not only his interrogations with Saddam immediately after the Iraqi dictator's capture, but also the gross ineptitude of the agency surrounding America's illegal war.
Nixon's book reveals yet another stumble by America and raises the question of if the United States will ever learn from its mistakes. America's supposed leaders -- whether Democratic or Republican -- seem to rush from one mistake to another with little ability to learn from the past.
That's understandable -- fatal for millions, but still understandable -- because such reflection will only reveal their mistakes.
And the one institution that could hold them accountable, the press, is too scared of losing its place at the insider table to do its job.
Nixon's book is not only an indictment of the CIA and George W. Bush -- along with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc. -- but also of the me-too journalism that includes virtually all media, including that mouthpiece of conventional ignorance, Bob Woodward.
And that so-called journalism is today back on display, as all the Washington lapdogs rush to defend the CIA, comparing Trump's misgivings to some type of shocking faux pas left by someone who mistakenly was admitted to the dinner party.
And so it goes.
The book is not only an account of the past, it is a prediction of the future.