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I agree with you that this is one of the most disturbing events of the whole scenario. This is really one of the big problems with the whole debate. We are through the looking glass already. At a conservative estimate 50% of information we receive comes from subverted channels and the non-subverted ones have never been known to be consistently reliable...
This connects to one of my other comments in this diary ( a reply to afew, I think) where I pointed out this all fits into the "revolutionary government" hypothesis highlighted by Krugman amongst others. They broke the taboo in Iraq with essentially no political consequences for themselves, they will surely be encouraged to do it again the case of Iraq.
Now seriously, just like the establishment blamed the defeat in Vietnam on public opinion instead of the fundamentally misguided imperialism behind it, the neocons turned on the parts of the CIA and the State department which opposed them and purged them. The US foreign policy is now effectively a blind, mute and lobotomized brute. Blind because its problems with human intelligence gathering have not been solved, and have possibly been made worse by the animosity that americans agents are likely to encounter in the muslim world. Mute, because having Condi Rice and Bolton where Albright or Powell used to be amounts to having no diplomacy. Lobotomized because "disloyal" intelligence analysts have been purged from the CIA by Porter Goss. And a brute because despite all the pentagon talk about fourth-generation warfare, the US military seems completely out of place fighting an urban guerrilla insurgency, and its favourite tools are overkill.
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
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