Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Why the West is Losing the War

Have you read Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror? Perhaps you've heard of it? Written by a senior CIA officer, the book is an indictment on our country's prosecution of the war on terror, even before 9/11.

Now, the formerly Anonymous is now Michael Scheuer. He evidently wrote a letter to the 9/11 Commission and is now criticizing how the CIA is handling coverage of Bin Laden.
The CIA allowed Scheuer to publish his book, "Imperial Hubris," anonymously, and to conduct media interviews to promote it. He became a critic of the war in Iraq, saying it inflamed anti-American sentiment among Muslims. Eventually his name was published.

Some White House officials and pundits asserted that the CIA had allowed Scheuer to act as its surrogate critic on the war. Just before George J. Tenet left his post as CIA director, he forbade Scheuer to speak publicly.

Scheuer said he believes that the agency silenced him after CIA officials realized he was blaming the CIA, not the administration, for mishandling terrorism. "As long as the book was being used to bash the president, they gave me carte blanche to talk to the media," he said. "But this is a story about the failure of the bureaucracy to support policymakers."
I think folks aren't happy with him now.

Here we go: where's our transparency in government. Some folks are too concerned with saving their own asses.

And now, the CIA is reviewing whether to take disciplinary action against a senior terrorism officer who it says violated the agency's regulations on contacts with the media. Hot water. Well, he tells a good story.

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