June 12, 2014

TOO BUSY CHASING AFTER TEA PARTIERS, I GUESS: Jihadist Gains In Iraq Blindside American Spies. First Crimea, now Iraq. Why does America’s $50 billion intelligence community keep getting taken by surprise? “The intelligence agencies’ inability to predict the latest crisis in Iraq is likely to fuel critics of the Obama administration’s management of other global crises, including in Syria and Ukraine. In the case of Russia’s seizure of Crimea, in which U.S. spies were also caught by surprise, sophisticated electronic eavesdropping systems run by the National Security Agency were of little use because Russian forces limited their time on telephones and adopted the techniques of jihadists, sending couriers back and forth between their units.”

Tea Partiers, take note, I guess. . . .