Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stupidity, intelligence and Egypt

If you want to understand why our power to influence world events is a shambles, you need only to listen to what came out of the White House, the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence this week in response to the crisis in Egypt. Start with a point so basic that even liberals should agree with it: if you lack timely, accurate and expertly-analyzed intelligence on other peoples and nations, the making of foreign policy is reduced to mere guesswork. American policymakers have --roughly since Jimmy Carter and his CIA director, Stansfield Turner, decided that we really don't need spies --been reduced to guessing what the world is doing.


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