new Robb-Silberman report on U.S. intelligence capabilities should
but won't enrage Americans. Too long at 600 pages for most to read,
the report completes the destruction of the Intelligence Community
– especially the CIA – begun by Congress's Goss-Graham
inquiry and the wrong-headed, dissembling Kean-Hamilton Commission
and its predecessor, the Goss Graham Joint Congressional Inquiry
a French farceu2018s final act, Robb and Silberman show the Republic
is run by men and women who will inflict any amount of pain on America
to avoid harming one of their own. This federal-level group amounts
to an unaccountable, murderously cynical aristocracy of power. Cowardly
senior bureaucrats and policymakers have failed to act on good intelligence
or misused bad intelligence; congressional oversight committees
ask puerile questions – it's politically safer not to know
– and deceitful senior bureaucrats dutifully give non-answers;
and presidents abscond with the constructional prerogative to declare
war from the pliant, derelict federal legislature.
aristocracy's shamefulness came home to roost on 9/11 and in Iraq.
Those responsible reached for the most reliable of all white-washers
– the blue-ribbon, special commission. These panels have been
stocked only with those who will reliably chant: "We are not
here to point fingers." Believing Americans are inattentive
yokels, the Commissions take testimony, ignore or bury truth, and
issue reports exculpating those who appointed them. What caused
3,000 dead on 9/11; 1,500-plus dead in Iraq; failure to eliminate
bin Laden; and the calamity-in-the-making of open borders and unenforced
immigration laws? Why the Intelligence Community's "structure"
of course! Americans are to believe that antiquated structure –
an inanimate object – caused multiple U.S. defeats. Case closed;
aristocracy safe; and Americans – like Union troops at Cold
Harbor – pinning on name tags to identify their corpses after
al-Qaeda's next strike
recent commissions have ensured Federal officials – elected
and appointed – and their senior bureaucrats are inviolably
protected by one rule: No one is responsible for anything at anytime,
ever. This phrase should placed on the Great Seal and used to prepare
America's obituary. Though too late to make a difference, lets review
several "serious" problems Robb-Silberman identify, but
for which no one is responsible.
not present in the Intelligence Community. This is not caused
by "structure." Leaders alone promote debate or suppress
it. The 1996 report detailing al-Qaeda's state-like effort to
acquire WMD was suppressed for many months by senior CIA officers.
They then wanted no debate on al-Qaeda's WMD program.
officers doubted primary Iraq WMD source "Curveball,"
and military analysts were skeptical of Iraq having UAV's to
disperse chemical or biological weapons. "Structure"
did stop keep these analyses from the White House, senior managers
The FBI does not share
information with the Intelligence Community. Again, fault lies
not with "structure," but with the astonishing, pathetic,
and perhaps negligent failure of Judge Freeh and Mr. Mueller
to purchase a reliable computer system.
The Intelligence Community
lacks the expertise on Islamic extremism it had on the USSR
Is this a "structure" problem or the failure of three
DCI's – Woolsey, Deutch, and Tenet – who seem not
to know the term "Islam" and mandated no training
on the issue? Also, why have we expanded the Intelligence Community
if, as Robb-Silberman says, there are no experts for thousands
of new jobs?
"Red Teams" challenged pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
"Structure" creates nothing; mangers create Red Teams.
It is an aberration in Community practice not to have had Iraq
intelligence "red-teamed" before the war. The absence
of Red Teams means Intelligence Community leaders knew the analytic
answer they wanted, or were told by Administration officials
the answer to deliver.
them apples? The Robb-Silberman report is the third coat of whitewash
meant to make Americans think effective intelligence reform is underway.
The commissions have produced institutional chaos and debilitating
bureaucratic growth, not movement toward reform that builds on Intelligence
Community strengths and better defends America. In a successful
effort to protect their patrons in the aristocracy of power, the
commissioners let the culpable escape. Worse, they saddled America
with the absurd Intelligence Community "structure" demanded
by the uninformed 9/11 families, installed by a Congress and President
who followed polls not conscience, and led by many of the same bureaucrats
who got us to 9/11 and Iraq.
the commissions' failures help al-Qaeda detonate a nuclear device
in the United States, Americans must ensure the next Commission
has individuals animated by the spirit of those anti-aristocratic
paragons, the Marx Brothers. For Americans, trusting their childrens'
and nation's future to Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo will be
infinitely preferable and safer to relying on more commissioners
like Goss, Graham, Hamilton, Kean, Robb, and Silberman.