The Hon. Douglas Feith, Unplugged
The transcript of my long-but-still-far-too-short interview with former Undersecretary of War for Policy Douglas Feith about his new book is here.
Feith is an accomplished public servant of the old school –selfless, honest, and extraordinarily smart. His memoir is a fascinating and extremely well-written contribution to the record of the war against the jihadists. There are Feith-haters out there, just as there were haters of those who opposed appeasement in the mid-30s. The book is the first about the war that I am certain serious historians will be consulting a century down the road.
Anyone who actually reads the book will know that it is a fair and true record of events, and they will be much better informed about the first four years of the war as a result. Feith wasn’t in many of the meetings or debates, but those in which he participated are recounted in the sort of detail that demands a close reading.