June 23, 2009

How much do taxpayers spend on them?

There is an organization out there that competes with the Iranian regime for the clueless gold medal. Not clueless in the treatment of its citizens/democracy sense, but in its understanding of the world beyond its shores. It is called the U.S. government. Billions of dollars on intelligence later and they still don't know.

Posted by Howard Baskerville at June 23, 2009 4:59 PM
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'an administration that was already struggling to make sense of Iran finds itself picking up tidbits about the crisis in the same ways private citizens do: viewing amateur videos on YouTube and combing posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.'

So in other words, they're starting to catch up with the rest of us. Well, hey, that's something. Glass half full, you know.

Posted by: Asher Abrams Author Profile Page at June 23, 2009 5:53 PM

I find it very hard to believe that North Korea is "opaque" to the US. South Korea must have huge amounts of intelligence on its neighbor - do they just refuse to share? I'd like to believe the US pretends to be clueless about NK to protect whatever sources we have there, but if we're really clueless after 50 years of watching them then I'm not sure what the point of having an intelligence agency is.

Posted by: Dyadya Vanya Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 11:05 AM
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