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The fantasy, spun daily by the right-wing noise machine, least anyone stop and think is that conservatives are the Cracker-Jack prize of national security. As a diarist at DKos notes the reality is that conservatives are a more inept version of Elmer Fudd, On Terror, GOP Goes from Oprah to Donald Trump
Of course, when President Bush presided over the 9/11 catastrophe, Osama Bin Laden’s escape from Tora Bora, the baseless claims about Saddam’s WMD, the disastrous invasion of Iraq and myriad other intelligence and national security debacles, Republicans instead played the role of Oprah. Then, their message was “you get a medal, you get a medal, you all get medals!”
Of course, none of the Bush bunglers was fired. Instead, a President whose mantra apparently was “nothing succeeds like failure” bestowed medals upon them.
Bush, typically Republican, believed so much in meritocracy that he promoted Condoleezza Rice ( his national Security adviser on 9-11 2000 to 2004) to Secretary of State after Colin Powell decided he had enough. Those that are calling for the resignation Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have conveniently forgotten Rice, with Bush’s backing, refused to testify before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Rice also perjured herself in testimony before the 9-11 Commission. Bush and Cheney didn’t fire her. Her lies to protect the criminal negligence of the administration simply strengthened her position as a member of the Elmer Fudd Team of Insecurity and Ineptitude. The right-wing pundits and bloggers that wet their diapers every time a firecracker goes off defended Rice and Bush’s eight years of failure as the infamous “war on terror”. Former CIA agent: Bush made intelligence problems worse
Speaking to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Jack Rice, now an on-air personality at Air America radio, said the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center and the office of the Director of National Intelligence in the years after the 9/11 attacks means that information is being shuffled around too many different offices and agencies.
“The problem with that is sometimes you may not get the context of that information,” Rice said. “So they only get pieces of it. When you break this up into so many moving parts — and there are already incredible numbers of moving parts — you sort of misunderstand how the entire process works. So now they’re having to cobble it back together, and try to come up with an answer, and they’re still failing at that.”
Olbermann cited a 2005 essay (PDF) by National Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Russell Travers, which argued that the Bush-era reforms “severed the collection of the data from the analysis of the data.”
“Are we on the road to ‘fixing’ intelligence, or are we at risk of making it worse?” the essay asked. “In truth, either outcome is entirely possible.”
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Rice also said the Bush administration wasn’t “as concerned about quality” of information. “Hence, they were willing to waterboard somebody 183 times in one month.”