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January 06, 2010

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Justin

Jason over at politicsinvivo.com has an interesting take on the intelligence failure saying in part: "CIA Director Leon Panetta should use these searing events to foster a culture of initiative and accountability at a CIA that wants to do the job — but that needs leadership and reform."

He’s right, of course. But swap out the name "Leon Panetta" for "George Tenet" and it could have been published word for word in late 2001. As if it never occurred to Leon Panetta or any of his predecessors that presiding over a "culture of initiative and accountability" would be a very desirable thing. That it hasn’t come about yet perhaps tells us more about the nature of the institutions and less about the ‘fostering’ abilities of this or that leader. http://www.politicsinvivo.com/2010/01/the-u-s-sucks-at-terrorball/

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