John on August 22, 2007 at 2:40 pm
Kathryn Jean Lopez: So how damning is what’s public from the 9/11 Inspector General’s report, released Tuesday?
Rowan Scarborough: It is further evidence of bumbling at the CIA. The CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center, hailed by George Tenet as command central in a war on al Qaeda, comes off as complacent. It never developed a comprehensive strategy for fighting al Qaeda before 9/11 and never did a strategic analysis of al Qaeda itself. The IG report is a complete counter to Tenet’s book, At the Center of the Storm, which portrayed the CIA as fully engaged in watching al Qaeda. It was not. For example, it ignored intelligence on Khalid Sheik Muhammed, 9/11 mastermind.
Of course this isn’t just about pointing fingers. We’re at war and still counting on the CIA:
Lopez: Is the CIA flying blind on Iran?
Scarborough: Mostly. After talking to CIA sources, I do not believe we have any spies inside the regime and know very little about how the ruling mullahs operate and how they convey orders.
I hope it’s better than that. If not, we’re in big trouble.
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