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Monday, May 18, 2009
Summing up the issue? Or prelude to an investigation?
There has been many books written after the congressional hearings into the "intel failure" that lead to the Iraq war. I see a trend; no matter what the fact: CIA is the dumping spot of the politicians. There is one thing to be learned here beyond the allegations and that is that intelligence is not a craft, science, or a programme but instead an art of politics.
I think the "facts be damned" and that it is the general rule that you stick your finger in the air, get a sense of which way the wind is blowing, and then create a product that reflects that concensus.
I often posted about the book by Hoffer the The True Believer. In that book there is a segment about the "after effects" of mass movements. In essence the identifying trend of a mass movement is that it is repudiated and the organizers of the movement "consumed" to use Hoffers words by the movement.
Why is that important? It is that society has a genetic drive to make sense of these events. And in history we do so. This whole issue is like a live-time unfolding Hoffer mass movement. And the fallout is still unknown.
It is a opportunity for education if one has the capacity to view it objectively.