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What Does a Pakistan Expert Look Like?



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Eli Lake has a fascinating Daily Beast story today about the rise of female analysts within the CIA, especially as “targeters,” who focus on specific individuals or groups. He describes one encounter between President Obama and some of the top intelligence analysts:

Just before the White House announcement of a new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, Obama asked Riedel and his team to come to see him in the Oval Office so he could thank them. Riedel’s team consisted of an Afghan specialist from the State Department and a Pakistan expert from the CIA. Riedel introduced the CIA analyst to Obama as “the best Pakistan expert I’ve ever seen.” Obama looked at the CIA officer, who was sporting stiletto heels, and said with clear amusement, “You don’t look like a Pakistan expert.”

The shadow war on women continues, apparently, even inside the Oval Office.



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