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Apr 24, 2005 9:01 pm


BOLTON VS. INFALLIBLE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS?



You may like or dislike Bolton's nomination. I do not like it because I suspect his record of UN bashing will mean that his future criticisms of the institutions will be summarily dismissed as patently partisan while his praise will be overemphasized. I still remember the use President Johnson made of Goldberg to bash Israel without offending Jews. Still, Eagleburger sounds a note of sanity when he write;"Nor do I see anything wrong with challenging intelligence analysts on their findings. They can, as recent history demonstrates, make mistakes. And they must be prepared to defend their findings under intense questioning."

To listen to the Sunday shows commentators one may think the analysts have a defensible record instead of a terrible one. You may wish to reread Face It: Intelligence Agencies Sometimes Fail and, then, Talbot's story about how the intelligence services learned about the Indian nuclear test from CNN!




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