It’s a book aimed at anyone interested in how we got to where we are in the war on terror. It also tells an amazing thriller story about agents putting together amazing cases against the Italian mafia in the 1980s, the Libyan bombers of Pan Am 103 and the early years chasing al-Qaida.
Last question: What are your thoughts on the recent Congressional extension of Mueller’s term?
A big part of the book is on Bob Mueller. He is probably the most essential person in the war on terror. This is someone who started his term as FBI director on Sept 4, 2001. And as I explain in the book, he was literally sitting in his first briefing on al-Qaida at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.
He’s still in office. He’s outlasted four CIA directors, four attorneys general and is working with a second president. He’s the first FBI director to reach the end of the 10 year term, which has now been unprecedentedly extended for two years in recognition of just how critical he has become to the war on terror.
I had heard that this extension was on the table in the beginning of last June, but I don’t think anyone seriously thought it would happen.
The thing that’s interesting about Mueller from a Washington perspective is there are people who disagree with his decisions and some programs he’s implemented, but I have yet to come across anyone who doesn’t respect him for his nonpartisanship and work ethic.