Tinker, tailor, soldier, terrorist
Our war on terrorism is beginning to sound more and more like something out of a John Le Carre novel from the Cold War. ... Reader No. sends in this piece
about how American intelligence sources may have mucked up the underwear-bomber case, in contrast to how British intelligence handled the matter. But to show there's no easy answer to fighting terrorism, here's a piece
about how Jordan's vaunted General Intelligence Directorate screwed up by vouching for the man who ended up blowing up the CIA base in Afghanistan. He turned out to be a double agent for Al Qaeda. Keep in mind Jordan's intelligence service is the polar opposite of our domestic-law burdened FBI. The lesson: We're up against truly nasty foes who don't conform to anti-terrorism notions set forth in op-eds or government field manuals. ... Two other points: A.) I'm eager to read David Ignatius's
future take on the GID debacle. b.) I hope the CIA doesn't learn the wrong lessons from the Afghan attack, for Jordan's right that we rely too much on technology for spy intelligence.