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Benghazi blunder:
CIA opts for CYA

New York Post, by Michael A. Walsh

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Posted By:abuela10, 12/6/2012 9:30:32 AM

The United States has the world’s largest and (at $80 billion a year) best-funded intelligence services in the world — some 17 of them, in fact, including such lesser-known outfits as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which helped lead Seal Team Six to Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. How much bang we’re getting for our buck from the big dogs of the intelligence community, though, is another matter — as the recent Libyan fiasco so vividly demonstrates. The deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were a moral and military disgrace,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: abuela10, 12/6/2012 9:33:43 AM     (No. 9051318)

Couldn´t figure out what CYA meant and then I got it-Cover your...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/6/2012 9:41:09 AM     (No. 9051340)

If the boss tells you to sit on your hands what are you supposed to do ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/6/2012 10:04:31 AM     (No. 9051398)

#2. The right thing? Be a patriot?


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Haskell, 12/6/2012 10:09:01 AM     (No. 9051415)

Good article, Mr. Walsh - BUT - instead of saying: "... Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans...." let´s call them by their names: Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith. These are real people, real heroes, who died in the line of duty - let´s honor them by keeping their identity and humanity before the American people. It´s the least we can do for their heartbroken families.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: spahrkl, 12/6/2012 10:29:02 AM     (No. 9051463)

I entertain the thought that this preseent government isn´t going to win this situation. I just believe that the men and women who have respect for one another will find a way to bring this to an honorable
end.

Obama and his people follow orders and therefore I feel they lack creative ideas and plans. They are clever but not very intelligent. There are more ways to skin a cat than the obvious.

These men and their families, plus all of us who have strong feelings for these wonderful people who gave their life will prevail.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: toddh, 12/6/2012 10:49:18 AM     (No. 9051530)

We say we spend $80 billion. Other countries *say* they spend less. A real reporter might care.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/6/2012 11:36:05 AM     (No. 9051692)

In fairness to the CIA (and other IC agencies), they do have some understandable need to obfuscate in their briefs to the White House. Politicians and this particular administration especially, are notorious leakers. (Recall that Senator “Leaky” Leahy had to be removed as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for repeatedly leaking.)

When putting sources and agents in harm’s way, the agency has a duty to protect them, and thus when detailing or revealing sources and methods in, say, a Presidential Daily Brief, knowing that the administration will likely leak it, the agency is understandably tempted to be less than forthright.

In other words, the blame comes back, to a degree, to Obama himself.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 12/6/2012 11:47:59 AM     (No. 9051751)

There is always the policy of no consequences. Our own three houses of government all practice it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: crimea river, 12/6/2012 2:33:40 PM     (No. 9052120)

What #4 said. They are not just 4 Americans. They are Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith.

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