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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

What if? (Sadaam version)

From the NYT: Panel’s Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons. Just think, if the CIA had gotten their facts straight then Sadaam Hussein would still be in charge and the Left would be smiling. And, dissenters would still be being fed into industrial shredders feet first. Uday and Qsay would still be, literally, raping the populace, the secret police would still be kidnapping people, and 25 million Iraqis would have been spared the humiliation and indignities of democracy.

Seriously though, we’re not getting our money’s worth out of the CIA and other spy agencies. These agencies have been politicized since at least the Vietnam War. I hope Negroponte can clean house and get the agency back to being respectable. Ironically, I think the best way to do this is to remove Congressional oversight of the agencies. Pontificating politicians bloviating to their core constituencies have damaged our abilities to protect ourselves. It ain’t right.

On the other hand, if CIA incompetence is what it took to get us into Iraq and free 25 million people from oppression, then maybe we need more “incompetence.”

A final note to all current and future despots—next time the CIA asks you some questions, be honest in your answers. It would also help if you gave them unfettered access to your facilities.

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