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Institutional Arrogance

Pagan Conservative Wrote: May 11, 2012 11:33 PM
Seems to me the arrogance of inside or outside the system has been institutionalized especially in the military bueracracy. Seems another ex military writer the late Col. David Hackworth wrote about this in at least 2 of his works About Face and Hazardous Duty. In his examples it wasn't just intelligence, but training and procurement policies suffered the same arrogant thinking. Col North has exposed this type of thinking with the intelligence issue. Unfortunately this practice has been around to some degree since the 50s when Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex that was growing at the time of his departure from the WH.

WASHINGTON -- Last week, this column described a deadly suicide attack by the Haqqani network on a secure compound outside Kabul, Afghanistan, and the failure of NATO officials to heed human intelligence that might have saved lives. I wrote, "The intel provided included information on how to precisely locate the terrorists. When I asked why the attack wasn't prevented, I was told: 'It was HUMINT. Nobody pays attention to HUMINT.'"

Shortly after the column appeared, a senior U.S. intelligence officer -- and a friend -- admonished me, "It's not just HUMINT." He described the problem as "institutional arrogance" and a failure...