CIA PROBLEMS IN IRAQ….Interesting article in the LA Times today about ongoing problems gathering intelligence in both Iraq and Afghanistan despite massive CIA personnel increases in both countries. The CIA’s Baghdad bureau is now its biggest ever, eclipsing the previous record held by its Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War, but turnover is rapid because they are having trouble finding qualified people who are willing to spend more than a few months there. It’s next to impossible to recruit a spy network in 60-90 days.
I don’t especially have any comment to make on this, but thought the article made some striking points that were worth reading about. It’s worthwhile background that sheds some light on some of the other problems we’re having in those countries.