INTELLIGENCE FAILURE SUCCESSES
I missed this one yesterday but another really good piece by Ralph Peters, who remains a damn fine analyst when he’s not off on his anti-Rumsfeld bent. Peters points out all the intelligence coups in this war and thinks there will be a goldmine of good intel after it’s over.
We hear a great deal about intelligence failure – but this war has seen remarkable intelligence successes. Even the appearance of Saddam’s Fedayeen thugs in large numbers was no surprise to the intel community – the reports were available, but civilian decisionmakers in the Pentagon dismissed them.
From the CIA to special operations forces, our activities have been comprehensive and effective. Some missions are covert, meaning they can be revealed after the fact. Others are clandestine and will remain shrouded from public view. But both types have been strikingly successful.
Even though he can’t resist jabbing at Rummy and Co., a worthwhile read.
(Hat tip: InstaPundit)