• In Case You Haven’t Noticed, Our Intelligence Agencies Aren’t Infallible

    Surge Summary: No human institution is infallible – including America’s intelligence agency. Over the years they have “missed it” many times. Something to keep in mind as we move forward in a dangerous world, relying on our intelligence agencies.

    by Gary Bauer

    God bless the men and women who work in our intelligence agencies.  They have protected us from many horrors over the decades.  They have also been horribly wrong on many occasions.

    As we have also seen, the previous administration appears to have weaponized parts of the intelligence community against the president and those who voted for him.

    CIA Director George Tenet, a Clinton holdover, told President George W. Bush that the intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a “slam dunk.”  We never found them.

    Before that, the intelligence community largely missed the attack on 9/11.  With all our best capabilities, we did not see the worst attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor coming our way.

    The CIA consistently underestimated the Iranian nuclear program.  If it wasn’t for Israeli intelligence, President Trump would not know the true extent of Iran’s cheating.

    Just a few months ago, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the communist takeover of the country.  They had a huge military parade in Beijing.  U.S. military experts were stunned by what they saw.  One official said in response, “We’re no longer in a period of overwhelming American dominance.”  How did our intelligence agencies miss that?

    My point is simply this:  Our intelligences agencies are vital, but they are not infallible.

    I believe there are ideologues in those agencies who are being intentionally obtuse in their interpretations of the intelligence.  Russia doesn’t care who is elected.  Putin is simply trying to damage America with the false narrative that he is deciding our elections.

    By the way, there’s not enough space here to remind you of how often over the decades Russia and other nations have managed to infiltrate our intelligence agencies, including at the highest levels.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from:  United States Government – Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23273999

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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