Did you know that the Bush Administration’s clandestine, illegal program of torture and quasi-military imprisonment is basically the only reason America has survived the past ten years? No? Me neither, honestly. But that’s the argument of a new book, Courting Disaster, by former Bush speechwriter/continued bootlicker Marc A. Thiessen. Since I’m not a national-security expert, I can’t truly explain why Mr. Thiessen’s book is so specious, pompous, and historically inane; but the New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer is, and in the latest issue she absolutely trepans Courting Disaster. A smart, justifiably sarcastic essay that uses this thing called “evidence” that Thiessen himself seems allergic to, right here. Dig in.