Torture Advocate Thiessen ‘Browbeat’ CIA Analyst: Colleague
As a postscript to yesterday’s fact-check of Marc Thiessen, a former Bush White House speechwriter and torture proponent, notice how Thiessen, appearing on “Morning Joe,” wrapped himself in the mantle of CIA professionalism when challenged on the efficacy of torture. But according to a former colleague in the White House speechwriting office, Thiessen is hardly as doting on the CIA when it reaches conclusions he dislikes.
This is from page 201 of “Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor,” a recent tell-all memoir by Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, who recalled the following incident with his then-boss:
When Marc was writing remarks on the war in Iraq, he tried to browbeat a CIA analyst who was unwilling to state unequivocally that America was winning in the war on terror. “The president wants to say we’re winning!” Marc thundered. Just what we needed — another accusation that the Bush White House wanted to politicize intelligence.
In the index to Latimer’s book, a portion of the references to Thiessen is catalogued: “Gaffes by, 201-203.” This man is now a Washington Post columnist.