November 10, 2012

Saturday Morning Line

Sam Smith - Being a general in two of the worst fought wars in American history didn't used to give you military hero status, but since most of the conventional media doesn't remember history, David Petraeus' style and exorbitant number of ribbons on his chest seemed to do the job.

Now the myth is falling apart. Just a few days after the election, the Obama administration is back to lying again. After all, if having an affair was adequate cause for ostentatious  resignation, Washington would be in a bad way. And even if you get caught and quit you generally do it to spend more time with your family

There's clearly something more, perhaps having to do with blackmail or matters leaked. In any case, it may be of interest to know that Paula Broadwell once worked for the FBI and that she wrote the book with Vernon Loeb, who has covered intelligence for the Washington Post. One interesting clip from something he wrote on October 21, 2002:
In late 1994, eight months after the arrest of Aldrich H. Ames, the Russian mole inside the CIA, author Mark Riebling came out with a book entitled, "Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and the CIA."

If his thesis -- that the FBI-CIA rivalry had "damaged the national security and, to that extent, imperiled the Republic" -- was provocative at the time, it seems prescient now, with missed communications between the two agencies looming as the principal cause of intelligence failures related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Lest anyone miss Riebling's perspicacity, his publisher has produced a new paperback edition of "Wedge" with a new subtitle, "From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA has Endangered National Security," and an epilogue which Riebling uses to update his thesis and outline a string of missteps. . . .

1 comment:

mike flugennock said...

Now the myth is falling apart. Just a few days after the election, the Obama administration is back to lying again...

Lucky for you you only had a One-Night Stand with Obummer, huh? Forgive my saying "ha, told ya' so."