Can the CIA be saved?

Military analysis.
July 9 2004 7:06 PM

Red Herrings

Can the CIA be saved?

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Ultimately, though, we must return to the first question that the Senate Intelligence Committee still needs to address: Did the CIA's faulty analysis stem from political pressures? If a president wants a certain conclusion to be reached, no amount of restructuring is going to block that. The CIA will never be a strictly technical outfit, like the IRS or the Bureau of Labor Statistics; nor should it be. It will unavoidably answer to political powers—about where to orbit the spy satellite, which phones to tap, which borders to monitor, and so forth. The most important condition for good intelligence is a presidency with good leadership.