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Politics or Prudent?

There is a big difference between politicizing intellience and pointing out that there may be precious little intelligence to politicize. Fred certainly has his views, but whatever they may be the fact remains that US intelligence has a hell of a time going after hard targets like Iran. Identifying gaps and – in light of post Iraqi Freedom discoveries – pointing out that thinking ‘worst-case’ or (my appologies) out-of-the-box is not out of line. If I may be so bold, it is that kind of agressive challenge that has long been lacking in IC oversight. The standard drill is to come over every so often to look at what all the money bought; I don’t ever recall anyone asking me how right I was or why – if I was constantly wrong – I couldn’t do my job. As we attempt to deal with an aspiring nuclear (war) capable nation hell-bent on wiping the earth clean of infidels, we ought to be welcoming these challenges now, so that we don’t have to have the discussion about “how come you never . . .” later.

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various points in his career he served as an expert in information warfare, computer network operations, computer forensics, and indications and warning. A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East.