If you’re like me, you believe U.S. military and intelligence professionals deserve the very best equipment available when it comes time to interrogate enemy combatants and suspected terrorists and vetting others who work alongside Americans in places like Afghanistan. Unfortunately, many of the 150-plus people mentioned in my recently-published second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, seem to think otherwise.
Your challenge, now, is to take a look at the list of names below — which, by the way, includes top government officials, Islamic terrorists, university professors and top-level politicians — and determine which side you believe each person is on when it comes to wanting the best for our troops in harm’s way:
A thru C — Dante Acosta, Rudy Acosta, Shia Ahmed, John R. Allen and Mohammed al-Khatani; Aldrich H. Ames, Rob Andrews, Tariq Aziz, Brian Badura and Christopher Daniel Bagley; Allan D. Bell Jr., Catherine F. Bishop, Bradley Blackburn, Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond and Jeffrey Bordin; Bryan D. Brown, John C. Brown, George W. Bush, Stephen A. Cambone and John G. Capps; Michael H. Capps, James L. Chapman, James R. Clapper Jr., John Cook and John Evader Couey; Robert J. Cramer, Christina R. Crossland, Michael Crow, Stephanie Crow and Jimmie E. Cummings; and Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Chris Cuomo.
D thru G — Kelly R. Damphousse, Steven Davis, Bill Dedman, Mike DeFrancisco and Martin E. Dempsey; Jeff Deskovic, John Deutch, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Robert Dodd and Glen Doherty; Heath Druzin, Donnie Dutton, William F. “Bill” Endler, Anders Eriksson and Chris Fausett; Thomas E. Feucht, Sheri Flynn, Wilson H. Ford, Dave Foster and Gary Gallagher; Christopher Garver, Robert Gates, Edward I. Gelb, Larry Greenemeier and Bill Greenwalt; and James Gregory and Glenn Greenwald.
H thru L — Wayne V. Hall, Daniel Halper, Mark Hansen, James Harnsberger and James Harrison Jr.; Jolene Hernon, Seth Hettina, Lori Hodge, Harry Hollien and Paul R. Hollrah; Jim Holmes, Frank Horvath, Charles Humble, Saddam Hussein and Ernest Istook; Patrick J. Jones, Janet Joyce, Hamid Karzai, Marty Kauchak and Norman Kempster; Ronald Kessler, Donald J. Krapohl, Francisco Lacerda, Ulf Laessing, Indira A. Lakshmanan and Wen Ho Lee; and David Lerman, Som Lisaius, Natalie T. Lu and Mark Lunsford.
Q, R and S — JonBenet Ramsey, Ronald Reagan, John Redfield, Drew Campbell Richardson and Geraldo Rivera; Robert W. Rogalski, Brian Ross, Donald Rumsfeld, Andrew H. Ryan Jr. and Wilberto Sabalu; Catherine Sanders, Rick Santorum, Diane Sawyer, George Schulz and Sediq Sediqqi; Stuart Senter, Scott Shane, Larry Shaughnessy, Kendall Shull and “Commander Simon”; and Sean Smith, Jeffrey St. Clair, Marigo Stathis, Mark Stephenson and Christopher Stevens.
T thru Z — Jim Talent, Bruce G. Taylor, Marisa Taylor, Clarence Thomas and Sheila Tillery; Len Tria, Deidra Upchurch-McCloud, Greta Van Susteren, Thomas F. Veale and John Anthony Walker Jr.; and Milton O. ‘Skip’ Webb, Tim Weiner, John Wendle, Tyrone Woods, R. James Woolsey and David Wyllie.
Based upon limited information, it’s difficult to make such determinations, isn’t it?