Tuesday, December 07, 2004

CIA-NYT cheerleading for Iraqi terrorists

The New York Times: 2 C.I.A. Reports Offer Warnings on Iraq's Path, and the NYT is all too happy to report it.

In its political catfight with the Commander in Chief, the CIA is making a regular habit of leaking classified information if it has the potential to make the administration look bad. The administration itself is partly to blame for this, as it seemingly winks at the efforts of these subordinates to compromise national security for partisan gain. Also, it is impossible to tell whether such "reports" represent an honest assessment from the field or anti-administration propaganda written primarily for public consumption.

I think it's time to eliminate the rat's nest that the CIA has become and replace it with an agency whose employees see their job as protecting the nation rather than resisting its elected leader. While the Bush administration seems to be confronting the problem to some extent through Porter Goss' leadership, it's hard to see how one man or even a few people at the top can identify and deal with all the rotten elements.