I am more and more convinced that Clinton's stripping the CIA and FBI's ability to gather human intellegence, not only set up the ability for 9-11 to occur but has kept the war on terror from being more successful.
It takes time to build human intellegence gathering abilities.
It takes money to get informants of the enemy to spy for us.
It takes an administration that is more concerned with our security than with their poll ratings.
Human intellegence gathering is a messy murky sometimes embarrassing process. It certainly isn't for the faint-hearted or the politically correct.
posted on 12/20/2003 5:58:33 AM PST
The decimation of human intelligence really began under Jimmy Carter and his CIA Director Stansfield Turner. Turner really believed in satelites and gadgetry and thought that agents in the field only caused trouble. He reduced by more than half the operations element and human intelligence suffered greatly. (E.g., there was no agent on the ground in Afghanistan when Russia invaded in December 1979.)
First under Reagan and then under Bush the CIA began the slow process of rebuilding its operations. Then Clinton arrived and the rest is history. With any luck Bush II will have rebuilt operations by 2009.
posted on 12/20/2003 6:36:15 AM PST
You are correct. This PC business has done as much to harm us as depleting our forces and intelligence numbers has done.
posted on 12/20/2003 8:56:56 AM PST
(FReepers of a feather flock together...isn't life great?)
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