Wednesday, September 25, 2002

# Posted 5:12 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

BUSH'S DEFICIENT INTELLIGENCE. Intelligence is our first line of defense against terror. Yet as Mark Riebling points out in the National Review, the Bush administration's new National Security Strategy fails to recommend a single way of improving our ability to anticipate attacks such as those of September 11th.

Then again, what should we expect from a President whose control of the intelligence services has degenerated to a point where he can't even get them to produce an "NIE", or National Intelligence Estimate, for Iraq? Instead, Defense Department hawks and CIA "doves" (relatively speaking) produce competing analyses for the President. While debate is good, this one has degenerated into nothing more than a war of prejudices that is endangering the quality of US contingency plans for war with Iraq.

PS And in case you still don't believe Afghanistan is engulfed in chaos, read this.
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