Tag Archive for iraq

reading is fundamental

I told you so: Only a handful of senators outside the Intelligence Committee say they read the full 92-page National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s ability to attack the U.S. before voting to go to war, according to a survey conducted…

like a bad penny

It’s a fair bet that you have never heard of a guy called Dave Gaubatz. It’s also a fair bet that you think the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found absolutely nothing, nada, zilch; and that…

disturbing

Suspicious of Iraq’s CIA-funded national intelligence agency, members of the Iraqi government have erected a "shadow" secret service that critics say is driven by a Shiite Muslim agenda and has left the country with dueling spy agencies. [...] "He has…

curious

Secret tunnels lead into Baghdad’s heavily guarded "Green Zone," according to the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. and There has been explosion inside the Iraqi parliament building. The blast occurred at noon on Thursday in the cafeteria…

what’s wrong with “shogun?”

Not a lot of commentary on this piece for some reason (one would think) but I’m sure it is coming: The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to…

new media and the surge

Kilcullen surges against the Guardian at SWJ (H/T Zenpundit): Today’s Guardian article (“Military Chiefs Give US Six Months to Win Iraq War”) misrepresents the Baghdad advisers. So much so, it makes me doubt the reliability of the single, unidentified source…

Intelligence: Not a Toy

We have committees for a reason: To the surprise of the Bush administration, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow all 435 House members to see the classified version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq sent…

NIE Side Note

My thoughts on the Key Judgments of the new NIE for Iraq are up at ThreatsWatch. As a side note, amateur intelligence watchers should take note of the publication of their definitions of estimative language: When we use words such…

Cuts Like a (Occam’s) Razor

Were we talking about any other two countries, under any other circumstances, the story covered by Eli Lake today wouldn’t be an issue: As America’s generals prepare for an increase in troops in Iraq, the American intelligence community has been…