The 'Company' and the Campus
: Chris Mooney, writing for the Boston-based American Prospect, is urging closer cooperation between scholars and the CIA
. His conclusion: "With due respect to anti-ROTC and 'CIA off campus' movements of the past, it's hard to see how banishing military and intelligence agencies from university campuses does much good for either side. It certainly doesn't serve the cause of political liberalism, whose adherents, one would hope, would want to persuade the national-security establishment to change questionable policies rather than simply call for a boycott." ... A sound idea, even if there is an underlying political motive to Mooney's call. But what's wrong with that? Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz are now busy setting up their own intelligence analysis team at the Pentagon, largely because they're skeptical of the CIA's analysis of Iraq's ties to terrorism. I.e. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz want to sift the same accumulated facts through their own ideological prism. The Left also can contribute to the CIA and other intelligence services, bringing their own views into the information-analysis process, as long as they're willing to participate. The more views, the better. But Hub Blog has a hunch many liberals would rather protest than participate, so ... we'll get more teach-ins instead.