Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Langly Blues

This excellent piece on WSJ should be read by anybody worried about all the people who quit the CIA under Porter Goss.
If one used Ms. Harman's idea of lost collective experience and soberly assessed the number of operatives now serving in the CIA who offer no real value against any hard target -- they either lack the skill; are permanently compromised by overseas postings with bad cover; are too old to work against young-man targets (which is emphatically the case with the Islamic militant target); or are too encumbered with family to be deployed sensibly as nonofficial cover officers against this threat -- the Bush administration and Congress should want to shed about 15,000 years of "experience" (multiplying the number of years in service by the number of irretrievably mediocre case officers). If this number seems shockingly large, then that only underscores how surreal the discussion has been in Washington about the depth of Langley's systemic problems.

A Welcome Breeze Blows from Morocco

Meet Dr. Ahmed Abaddi, my kind of radical Muslim.
“We need our people to know the real West…to understand that the West ain’t no angel, but it ain’t no demon either,” Abaddi said, attempting a Western accent, at a private dinner in a Washington, D.C., suburb last week. “[This effort] is not a luxury. We are not being pressured to do it. We are trying to train responsible people to live in dangerous times.”

Who's Side is the Border Patrol On?

One wonders sometimes.
"Now we know why it seemed like Mexican officials knew where we were all the time," said Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. "It's unbelievable that our own government agency is sending intelligence to another country. They are sending intelligence to a nation where corruption runs rampant, and that could be getting into the hands of criminal cartels.


Andy McCarthy has more. He also posts on The Corner that the DHS now denies sharing any intelligence with Mexico.

As he says, it bears close watching.

Al Qaeda in Deep Shi'ite

Even though the AP has apparently reported on these documents (ignoring the part which says that AQ's only success has been with the American media), I somehow doubt the MSM will be trumpeting this.
In other words, the Americans are winning the media war in Iraq. That's something that the American media has yet to report in any substantive way. The memo also indicates that the mosques have largely turned against the insurgents, apparently excoriating them for sinfulness. Their continuing murder of Iraqi civilians and police have only made that impression worse.