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Flynt Leverett

Flynt LeverettAKA Flynt Lawrence Leverett

Born: 6-Mar-1958
Birthplace: Memphis, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former National Security Council staffer

Served on the National Security Council under George W. Bush as the Senior Director for Mideast Affairs, March 2002 until March 2003. Prior to this position, Leverett served at the State Department as a counterterrorism expert and at the CIA as an analyst of Syria and the Mideast.

After leaving government, Leverett has criticized the Bush Administeration on a number of fronts. On a Lehrer New Hour roundtable, [2 June 2004] he stated that when a dissident voice was expressed at the National Security Council regarding Ahmed Chalabi's shady background and impure motives -- reservations that while inconvenient at the time proved entirely correct later -- that person was dismissed from the NSC altogether.

A paper How Bush Bungled the War on Terror, published on Democracy Now, documents how in March, 2002 -- only six months after the 9/11 attacks -- U.S. special forces, CIA, and foreign language experts assigned to hunting Osama bin Laden were pulled off that task and reassigned to Iraq.

Wife: (d. 1997 cancer)
Wife: Hillary Prudence Mann (m. 23-Feb-2003)

    University: BA, Texas Christian University (1978)
    University: MA, Princeton University (1983)
    University: PhD, Princeton University (1992)
    Professor: University of Pennsylvania
    Professor: University of Michigan

    US National Security Council Senior Director for the Middle East Initiative (2002-03)
    CIA employee (1992-2001)
    Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
    Council on Foreign Relations
    New America Foundation
    Obama for America
    Phi Beta Kappa Society

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