February 22, 2007

Refreshing intelligence on intelligence

... as stated by former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith last week on "The Charlie Rose Show" -

"One of the things that I think would be useful for your viewers to understand is that intelligence often gets talked about as if it is a matter of objective truth, but intelligence is almost never a matter of objective truth (emphasis in the original). It's sketchy information, it's bits and pieces, it's analysis, it's speculation, and there's an enormous amount of ground for reasonable people to interpret the bits and pieces of intelligence in different ways."

The crucial caveat - "reasonable people" - which rules out Islamic fanatics and their Western liberal apologists.

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