Marc Thiessen is a contributing editor to THE AMERICAN and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Thiessen's 15-year national security career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the White House. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and spent more than six years on Capitol Hill as spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms.
Thiessen is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post. His work has also appeared frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Weekly Standard, Daily Beast, and other publications. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, the BBC, and talk radio stations nationwide.
Thiessen is a graduate of Vassar College, and completed additional post-graduate studies at the Naval War College. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife, Pamela, who works on Capitol Hill. They have four children.