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Friday, November 26, 2004

"Intelligence Reform and Political Spin"

From the Washington Times:
"When asked to give his opinion on the Senate bill and an alternative measure proposed by Mr. Hunter that would preserve the current chain of command, Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, endorsed the California Republican lawmaker's version. So, too, have the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. The truth is that the very idea of shifting control of defense intelligence agencies away from the Pentagon (as embodied in the Senate bill) is a proposal to "fix" a nonexistent problem: When Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, chairman and vice chairman of the September 11 commission, testified on Capitol Hill, both acknowledged in response to a question from Mr. Hunter their panel had come across no specific instance of a failure or negligence on the part of a Department of Defense agency."

Look, folks;

Intelligence reform calls for certain tools... a jeweler's hammer, a scalpel, and a powerful microscope. Not a sledge hammer, a broadsword, and the underinformed opinions of partisan, political pundits. ("Opinions of partisan, political pundits?" Sorry. I have this maddening habit of lapsing into alliteration.)

If I was allowed by the DOD to explain why this is true... I would. Blame Karl Rove.



(who signed on the dotted line to not talk about operational intelligence details until the year 2099)

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