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re: Senator Hillary Clinton on Iraq & al Qaeda

Andy, a couple questions to ask: How did Hillary Clinton reach this conclusion? Before Hillary Clinton made this statement, was she briefed by the usual Agency briefers, or by the Office of Special Plans? Probably not the latter. If the former, does this mean the CIA has been less than candid in how it describes the intelligence it disseminated? Perhaps, it has sought to reinvent itself rather than take a good, hard look at how, with perhaps a $30+ billion budget, it went wrong? Perhaps its motto, like too many in government, is: “If at first you don’t succeed, find a scapegoat”

Michael Rubin — Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East ...

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