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Mission statement for the CIA: “We are the CIA — recalcitrant, incompetent, mutinous. Ask us as for intelligence and we will finish your career.”
The CIA lost its war on 9/11. Its job is to protect the country and it failed. Sheer luck for the CIA that the civilians on Flight 93 did their job for them or the Capitol would be gone. And that even more damaging weapons weren’t used. About the attack itself, the CIA was clueless. Clueless. And after that failure, the CIA has the gall to send an amateur — the husband of one of its officers — on a mission to Africa to find out whether Saddam was trying to buy uranium. Hard to think of a better example of slackness and indifference.p>The default position should be that people should go. Hayden’s attitude to employees should be “convince me that you are not part of the failure here.” br> — Greg Richards /p>
Well, why is it nobody’s willing or able to clean out the Augean Stables of Langley? Let us speculate.
The CIA is an institution whose business is collecting other peoples’ closely-guarded secrets and screwing them. The Agency’s charter, and the law of the land, define and delimit the Agency’s domain of targets to what might broadly be called offshore entities, but wait — CIA is, after all, an institution. Institutions have all those well-known tendencies to self-aggrandizement and self-preservation, do they not?
Well then — we’ve built a survival machine, taught it to operate in secret, and asked it to collect other peoples’ closely-guarded information and to screw them.p>Next question, please. br> — Paul Kotik br> Plantation, Florida /p>
You are so right. The only way to stop the leaks is to send people to jail and SOON. This has gone on way too long without any action.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?