Intelligence Wars

From Thomas Powers’ book of the same title [available at  My copy on loan from retired Army SigInt officer].

American secret history offers ample evidence that we are full of energy, for example, but lack patience; that we are of two minds about the keeping of secrets, and sometimes spill the bigger ones; that we tend to think every problem has a technical solution, and anything can be achieved with a big enough wrench; that our respect for the opinions of mankind is a sometime thing. [p. xxix]

Well said, Mr. Powers.  Thought-provoking, to be sure.  Can we get better at these sorts of things – as Americans?  Do we ever hear about the great successes?

Perhaps the biggest ones are never revealed, though somehow I have a hard time believing that.


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