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“Rich,

Carl Ford’s testimony really demonstrates the problem that any administration (not just the Bush administration) would have in trying to reform the intelligence bureaucracy.

I find it troubling that the intelligence analysis group, which is supposed to provide dispassionate analysis, is so emotional about an episode that occurred years ago. I find it extremely troubling that Ford seems to have gotten so upset because he failed in insulating `his’ analysts from dialogue with senior personnel. Several times, he said that anyone who had any problems with process or substance should talk to him. I think that transparency is at least as important in intelligence gathering as it is in other facets of government.”

ME: This is a good point. The Robb-Silberman commission says that policymakers should be more aggressive in challenging intelligence analysts, rather than less. But the intelligence bureaucracy isn’t going to like it…

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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