When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Monday, October 1, 2012

Intelligence office says it got Libya attack wrong

Remember Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction?" American intelligence--an oxymoron--apparently has done it again--

Intelligence office says it got Libya attack wrong, not White House | McClatchy: "The unusual statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appeared to have two goals: updating the public on the latest findings of the investigation into the assault, and shielding the White House from a political backlash over its original accounts. “In the immediate aftermath (of the assault), there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo,” spokesman Sean Turner said in the statement. “We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly.” The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which coordinates and sets policies for the 16 other U.S. intelligence agencies, is led by retired Air Force Gen. James Clapper, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in August 2010. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the assault staged by scores of assault rifle- and rocket-propelled grenade-toting assailants on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States."

Why don't we just admit that American intelligence is incompetent and inept most of the time? It appears to be a systemic problem. It didn't take much intelligence to figure out the Libya attack on the anniversary of 9/11 had nothing to do with an obscure YouTube video. I would say, at the very least, somebody needs to be fired at "The Office of the Director of National Intelligence" for general incompetence, but of course, Obama never fires anyone.


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