Clinton Destroyed The CIA - NYT Won't Report This

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    Author James Risen won the Pulitzer Prize on Tuesday for his much ballyhooed New York Times report last December that revealed President Bush's previously secret terrorist surveillance program - a revelation he uncovered while researching his book "State of War."

    In the same book, however, Risen makes an equally explosive claim about President Clinton's relationship with the CIA - which his editors at the Times have so far declined to cover.

    Upon taking power in 1993, Risen reports, the Clinton administration "began slashing the intelligence budget in search of a peace dividend, and Bill Clinton showed almost no interest in intelligence matters."

    The agency cutbacks combined with presidential disinterest took their toll almost immediately.

    "Over a three-or-four-year period in the early-to-mid 1990s," reports Risen, "virtually an entire generation of CIA officers - the people who had won the Cold War - quit or retired. One CIA veteran compared the agency to an airline that had lost all of is senior pilots . . . "

    After Clinton CIA Director John Deutch cashiered several senior officers over a scandal in Guatamala, the situation got even worse.

    "Morale [at the CIA] plunged to new lows, and the agency became paralyzed by an aversion to high-risk espionage operations for fear they would lead to political flaps. Less willing to take big risks, the CIA was less able to recruit spies in dangerous places such as Iraq."

    The Clinton era of risk aversion also hobbled CIA efforts to get Osama bin Laden. In early 1998, Risen says, the agency was prepared to launch a special operation to kidnap the al Qaeda chief in Afghanistan.

    "To be sure the operation was high risk, and there was a strong possibility that it would be so messy that bin Laden would be killed rather than captured. [CIA Director George] Tenet and the CIA's lawyers worried deeply about that issue; they believed the covert action finding on al Qaeda that President Clinton had signed authorized only bin Laden's capture, not his death."

    Frustrated by restrictions that made dealing with the big challenges too difficult, the agency turned its energy to lesser problems.

    Reports Risen: "Thanks to Vice President Al Gore, for example, the CIA briefly made the global environment one of is priorities."

    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/4/20/11545.shtml?s=ic
     
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    clinton is the media golden child.
     
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    He is indeed, he gutted our military, our secret service, sold classified secrets to China, and raised taxes on everyone save for the homeless, but he did balance the budget. :thup:
     
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    And don't forget the little embarrassment with that intern.

    Oh...never mind. Not important.

    That is between he and his wife.
     
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    Perjury?---Minor

    no one has the right to imposed thier standards on others
     
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    Would you have felt any better if he raised taxes on the homeless - versus my income bracket and not balanced the budget?

    :wtf:
     
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    Well personally I would have felt better if he found other ways to balance the budget other than raising taxes which takes no brains and anyone can do. The rest of your question is silly and doesn't merit an answer.
     
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    in his Senate Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities which he chaired. Thus began the gutting of the United States intelligence services that resulted in our inability to act in Iran in 1979 and continues into the present day. If the Democrats had their druthers the CIA would cease to exist replaced by left leaning Socialist sympathizers in th State Department. It pains me that one, of our only two, political parties has such an infantile viewpoint of national security. "We shouldn't spy on anyone that's bad and stuff. If we stop spying everyone else will too." So they emasculate our intelligence services to make themselves feel all warm and fuzzy and create a world of dangerous uncertainty for the rest of us. May Bill Clinton go down in history for the absolute, unmitigated, appaling, national security disaster that he was.

    Everytime I think back to his Presidencey I thank God we survived his incompetent idiocy.
     
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    :( Well, she certainly told me!
     
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    Younger people would say:

    You have been P3wned!
     

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