Miscellaneous Feedback on Representative Jane Harman
genxminimalist at yahoo.com
genxminimalist at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 17 00:07:40 EST 2004
ëIím sorry I canít fix your brakes this week, but donít worry
because I made your horn
The analogy is too simplistic and defeats the purpose of being
intelligibly and lucidly critical if certain concrete and specific
measures taken by the Bush Administration are to be completely
invalidated and negated.
For as long as I have been in Congress, the intelligence
committees have been
islands of sanity.
Too hyperbolic to have lasting credibility. I mean, maybe in her
experience, I suppose. But historically, intel committees have been
laden with contentiousness over time.
As Scoop Jackson used to say, "In matters of national security,
the best politics is
In the ideal world, of course. But policies and ideologies are ran by humans.
[Re Iran, Iraq and North Korea debacles] These are serious
failures, and they have
occurred when Democrats and Republicans were on watch.
Libya - where I just visited - could be a real success story
and intelligence played a
key role in persuading Libya to dismantle its WMD programs.
I don't know, but my gut tells me that Representative Harman should
be more sceptical about Libya and not be as optimistic as she sounds.
Or she shouldn't be so open about her optimism. I just don't think
that it's a good idea.
I know this isn't easy. I know we'll never be perfect. But we
won't succeed with small
fixes. In the parlance of reality TV: This is a case where a
single Botox injection
won't help. Our intelligence community needs an extreme makeover.
I think that this whole paragraph sounds a bit cheeky, frankly,
especially the last sentence.
We count on the intelligence community to be truth-tellers, no matter how
inconvenient that truth may be for policymakers.
It sounds good on paper, but it's pretty idealistic and naive, I
think. And I'm setting aside as much of my personal feelings as I
can while I'm evaluating this. Personally, I'd probably be as
emotional and colourful.
David Kay likened the Intelligence Community's reliance on
inspectors to being
addicted to crack cocaine...
Another gratuitous analogy, which I think, are bound to help people
tune out her message in the long run, I'm afraid. I think that the
Representative should stick to appealing to people's reason and their
Someone once said that our past failures are like the rays of
the setting sun behind
us. If we stare into them, they will blind us. But if we turn
around and face the
future, those past failures will light our path forward.
I'm sorry, but I think that this analogy is just goofy.
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