When You Don't Want to Know About the Real World, Your Spooks Won't Tell You
But this latest "intelligence failure" is far worse than I've portrayed it, because the root cause of the president's failure to get it right from the get-go has nothing to do with the spooks. It has to do with our Iran policy.
A casual scan of Middle East news produces a fearsome array of slaughter, from Iraq to Afghanistan, and Libya to Egypt. Long ago, indeed prior to our invasion of Iraq more than nine years ago, I categorically stated that there could never be decent security in Iraq or Afghanistan so long as the current regime ruled in Tehran, because Khamenei and his fellow mass murderers could not possibly permit us to establish viable, free societies next door to Iran. The same applies to Libya and the other actors in the Arab Spring. Thus, the terror wave, in large part sponsored and operated by the Iranians.
Therefore, anyone who understands the basic dynamics of the Middle East had to know instantly that the slaughter in Libya should be viewed in the context of the larger war against us and our would-be friends and allies. But this feckless administration refuses to have the American people see that context (that's why "war on terror" is censored), and the oracles won't even go there for fear of embarrassing the president (the oracles don't much care if American soldiers and diplomats get chopped down), and the subject never gets raised at all.
The focus on "intelligence" deflects us from seeing the world as it really is. We don't see things in their proper context, and nobody says "but you didn't need classified analyses to know what was going on."
It's all part of what Phil Howard once called "the death of common sense."
If only there were a real opposition in the United States, its leaders would be making these points all over the country, every day. But Romney and Ryan are narrowly focused on the little details, rather than talking about the huge bloody war waged against us.
I think that they would gain enormous respect and support if they talked about the real world, and the real war. And I also think it would help prepare them for the great task that this country must soon perform: winning a global war before our enemies threaten our survival.