THE PRICE OF SUCCESS….In retrospect, it turns out that the State Department’s intelligence operation made a pretty good threat assessment of Iraq’s prewar capability. They were more accurate than the CIA, more accurate than the DIA, and way more accurate than the Pentagon’s boutique shop, the Office of Special Plans.

Their reward? Republicans don’t want to hear from them anymore:

The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research was not invited by Republican leaders to testify at the annual threat hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee being held Tuesday, even though the bureau has participated in the hearing every year since it began in the early 1990s, congressional and administration officials said.

It’s conservative postmodernism at its finest. We don’t want accurate threat assessments, we want scary threat assessments. Anyone who insists on bringing actual facts to the table is no longer welcome.