Thursday, September 30, 2010

CIA Analysts Shut Out on Afghan War

By Ray McGovern
September 30, 2010

Thumbing through Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars, I should not have been surprised that the index lacks any entry for “intelligence.”

Read on.


Anonymous said...

So the question is why?

Why wasn't an NIE done?

I can speculate, but I don't have your insider analytical skills, intelligence or instincts.

From where I'm viewing this unfold (clear across the country on the left coast), everything about this presidential administration and Congress screams, "Why bother? There's no doubt we're remaining in both Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and who knows where else, and all that an NIE will do is raise doubts about the wisdom of that and cause more public unrest."

I'd love to hear Ray McGovern's speculation about why neither Congress nor the President wanted an NIE.


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