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Institutional Arrogance

woodbutcherjohn Wrote: May 12, 2012 10:23 AM
Idon't know GeorgeHodorWalkerBush, implying that he lyed to Congress without anything to back it up seems pretty arrogant, too...but I guess that's of a personal nature, too.

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...