CONNECTING DOTS IS NOT THE PROBLEM
Spearhead Research Analysis
by Harlan Ulman
In the wake of the attempted Christmas bombing of a Northwest airliner over Detroit, once again criticism has focused on failure to connect the poor, overworked dots. Yet, however understandable this reaction, Rome is burning in a metaphoric sense and we are attacking dots. We must wake up.
Consider several stunning indeed staggering pieces of information. First, U.S. Army Major General Mike Flynn, chief intelligence officer for the NATO forces in Afghanistan informs us in an unclassified paper released by a Washington, DC think tank that the U.S. intelligence community---read CIA---is making at best a “marginal” contribution to our strategy in Afghanistan. Flynn goes on in direct yet scathing examples to highlight the flaws and failures in our intelligence effort.
Second, seven CIA and one Jordanian intelligence officer are killed by a suicide bomber in Khost, Afghanistan in retaliation for the Predator attack that eliminated Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsoud late last year. The bomber was a “double” who obviously convinced U.S. and Jordanian intelligence otherwise. While all the details are still not clear, the question of whether something is rotten or wrong in Langley is not a cheap shot.
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