Folio's latest political roundtable explores what Russia's hacking of the DNC emails means for our campaigns and foreign relations. Nada Bakos, author of a forthcoming book about her years at the CIA focusing on Iraq and terrorism, joins Roundtable anchors Kondracke and Merry.
Is this a dangerous new escalation of meddling with other nations' politics? How much does the U.S. engage in secret monitoring of politics? What is Putin's game? What were the politics involved in the CIA's targeting of al-Zarqawi, which Ms. Bakos oversaw, and did we wait too long to take him out, thus spawning ISIS? How vulnerable is the U.S. to cyber-attacks?
Nada Bakos is a former CIA analyst whose forthcoming book, "The Targeter," recounts the issues, the politics, and the killing of al-Zarqawi, the man who created ISIS. She also worked on the CIA team charged with determining whether al-Qaeda conspired with Iraq over the 9/11 attacks (discovering no connection). More about her story in this PBS interview.
Mort Kondracke, co-author of a new biography of Jack Kemp, is a leading national political writer and editor who now lives on Bainbridge Island. His articles appear widely, including a regular column in "Roll Call."
Robert W. Merry, a resident of Langley on Whidbey Island, is a distinguished American historian, publisher, and political journalist. His columns appear, among other places, in "The National Interest." His forthcoming book is a biography of President William McKinley.
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