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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

 
A thought occured to me that this is a particularly bad time for the Bush administration to punish U.S. allies for their failure to support its war in Iraq. The Los Angeles Times reported today that the attacks by al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya are hallmarks of a stronger and more difficult-to-target organization. This is the time where the U.S. really needs to focus on its intelligence gathering in order to stay ahead of the game. And, if it allows the Pentagon to push the agenda (a la Iraq, which hasn't exactly been an intelligence win), then there may be a.) a failure to see and correctly discern signs of another terrorist attack against the U.S. and b.) a slackening of support from U.S. allies who've been singled out for punishment because of their position vis-a-vis Iraq. The CIA (internationally) and the FBI (domestically) have the manpower and brainpower to get the raw data, but the higher-ups need to be more disciplined in their approach to analyzing intelligence. It's fine and good to challenge the analysis paradigm, but it's not worth putting people's lives at risk -- and recent articles by Seymour Hersh and others point to exactly that. The Pentagon should re-evaluate its role in intelligence gathering and allow the seasoned professionals to do their work. After all, it may be that U.S. intelligence on Iraq was bad because there simply wasn't anything to find.

Andrew 7:31 PM : |



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