FIXING THE CIA….One of the CIA’s most serious failures over the past few years has been in the area of analysis. David Ignatius reports:
In trying to fix what was so obviously broken, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte did a smart thing. He went to the agency that came closest to getting it right on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction ? the State Department’s tiny Bureau of Intelligence and Research ? and picked its chief, Thomas Fingar, as his deputy for analysis. INR, as it is known, had antagonized many in the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 by refusing to endorse their case that Iraq was trying to reconstitute its nuclear program ? dismissing the claim about Iraqi uranium purchases from Niger as “highly dubious.”
I didn’t know that, and it makes me think more highly of Negroponte. For more on INR, see here.