On Thursday, October 27th at 6:00PM in Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall Marc Thiessen will deliver a speech on America’s counterterrorism policies on behalf of the Cornell Republicans. Thiessen will provide an overview of the war on terror to date, specifically critiquing the current administration’s counterterrorism policies. Topics he will address include the use of enhanced interrogation and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Following his speech, Thiessen will engage in a Q&A session with the audience. The event is open to the public.
Marc Thiessen’s 15-year national security career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the West Wing, where he served on the White House Senior Staff as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush.
Since leaving the White House Thiessen has become one of the nation’s most prolific authors and commentators, writing regularly for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Weekly Standard, Daily Beast, and other publications, and appearing frequently on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, the BBC, and talk radio stations nationwide. The Daily Telegraph recently named Thiessen one of the “100 most influential conservatives in America.” And in 2009, legendary New York Times columnist William Safire declared Thiessen “the most forceful, serious and articulate new spokesman for hardliners around – one who can back up his opinions with facts that can influence the debate.”
Thiessen draws on his experience serving at the highest levels of the White House and the Department of Defense during all eight years of the Bush administration. He was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and collaborated with Secretary Rumsfeld on all of his major speeches during the first three years of the war on terror. He helped make the case for military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and traveled more than 250,000 miles with the Secretary across the world – including his first visits to Kabul and Baghdad immediately after liberation.
Thiessen saw the war on terror up close – from the planning rooms of the Pentagon to the major battlefronts of the Middle East – and helped explain the challenges of a new and unprecedented war to the American people.