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In his new book, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind calls the guiding principal of the Bush Administration's fight against global terror "The One Percent Doctrine." It says that if there's a one percent chance that al-Qaeda can get weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. must respond to the threat as if it's a certainty.

According to Suskind, the doctrine was coined by Vice President Dick Cheney, who's portrayed as the puppeteer-in-chief to President Bush's puppet. It's a doctrine of unsettling implications — where belief and ideology trump analysis, where suspicion is the threshold for action.

Suskind argues the doctrine guided the policies that lead to war in Iraq, to the pursuit of alleged terrorists across the globe, and to a troubling concentration of power in the Bush White House.

Hear about the hunt for America's enemies and the One Percent Doctrine.


Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. His latest book is titled, "The One Percent Doctrine."

This program aired on June 28, 2006.

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