The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

The day after the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti relayed the story of how this tragic and historic event transformed the Central Intelligence Agency and propelled it toward its current campaign of targeted killings in Pakistan. In his book, “The Way of the Knife,” he describes how this campaign can be explained by the slow convergence of the Pentagon and the CIA over the last decade. The former has been building up its independent espionage capabilities, and the latter focusing more and more on paramilitary operations instead of traditional human intelligence collection. Mr. Mazzetti argued that the CIA should bring this messy chapter of its history, the “way of the knife,” to a close and transition back to its traditional role as the world’s premier human intelligence organization.