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That "Brilliant" NIE Report

Adam's Apple

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Apr 25, 2004
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Goldberg's aside that maybe all the NIE Report writers did was clip from the newspapers brings to mind another writer's pondering whether the $40 billion/year paid in taxpayers' money is worth this kind of stuff.

TerroristsÂ’ Excuse du Jour
By Jonah Goldberg, National Review
September 29, 2006

Of course the war in Iraq has made us less safe, and I didn’t need the National Intelligence Estimate to tell me so. Who could possibly deny that Iraq has become, in the words of the NIE, a “cause célèbre” for jihadists? One need only read the newspaper to conclude that Iraq is spawning more terrorists. (Indeed, one fears that all the authors of the NIE did was clip from the newspapers.)

If youÂ’ve ever stood up to a bully, you know how this works. Confrontation tends to increase the chances of violence in the short term but decreases its likelihood in the long term. Any hunter will tell you that the most dangerous moment is when youÂ’ve cornered an animal, and any cop will tell you that standing up to muggers puts you in danger. American colonists were less safe for standing up to King George III, and the United States was certainly safer in the short term when we stood on the sidelines while Germany was conquering Europe. Heck, we would have been safer in the short run if weÂ’d responded to Pearl Harbor by telling the Japanese they could have the Pacific to themselves.

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