Thursday, October 19, 2006

American national security experts don't know the difference between Sunni and Shiite!

"Know thy enemy, know thyself. A hundred battles fought a hundred battles won. That’s classic Sun Tzu. Everybody who is into the war business or intelligence knows that, right? American “national security experts” who are prosecuting the war on terror therefore should know the difference between Sunni and Shiite, right? Wrong. In fact, most of them don’t know a damn thing. In his article in Washington Post, Jeff Stein lamented:

And as I quickly explain to my subjects, I’m not looking for theological explanations, just the basics: Who’s on what side today, and what does each want?

But so far, most American officials I’ve interviewed don’t have a clue. That includes not just intelligence and law enforcement officials, but also members of Congress who have important roles overseeing our spy agencies. How can they do their jobs without knowing the basics?

That answers our questions why George Bush’s “democratization” project in the Middle East is such a mess. It’s probably the same group of people who fed George Bush the term "Islamo-fascism" that proved to be an embarrassment. Condoleeza Rice and Bush later had to discontinue using the term.

Truly, we are governed by idiots!,” cries

1 comment:

Dave Llorito said...

let's see. this one plus the foley scandals and the continuing bloodletting in iraq might yet influence outcome.