Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Does the CIA Have Any Idea What's Going On?

There's a whole story that we're waiting to hear, and it may take a few decades (centuries?) to get in full. With the murky news that the CIA was bilked out of $20 million for hoax "terrorist-detecting software, software that the CIA suspected was fake for years before anything was done about it, it has to be asked: is the CIA actually not an immense, successful octopus diligently working to rearrange the order of the globe? Are they in fact just a bunch of ineffectual overpaid chumps, who were taken entirely by surprise by Tunisia, Egypt and Libya? Who are too busy using drones to shoot random "militants" in Pakistan to achieve any major goals in the rest of the world? (All the while staffing embassies with "contractors" who poorly promote "instability" ?) Is it really possible that the post-Cold War apparatus, which still costs taxpayers billions of dollars, was diverted entirely to bin-Laden-related issues, with little or at least unknown success over the last decade, therefore deprioritizing all other agendas? When you look back at their documents from the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, you see a well-informed and active global intelligence network in action. In 40 years, will they be releasing just a few muddled cables related to Libya and Yemen? Or have all of the events of the last month been their doing? (Related: Prime Minster David Cameron is going to apologize for his country's paternalistic (at best!) role in propping up crappy regimes around the world.)

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Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Don't forget the CIA also "missed" the whole collapse of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact thing as well. Still the drug trade in Afghanistan is profitable once again, so at least there is that.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)


turd_sandwich (#5,660)

But can we win the future without "propping up crappy regimes around the world"? That's all I care about.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Imagine the outrage here if a President (particularly the current one) apologized for something like that. Or anything, really.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

You worry about O's prom king status, let the small headed people worry about actually, you know, freeing people.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

To be fair, it's hard for them to determine who the bad guys are when *everyone* over there is swarthy.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Haven't heard THAT one before.

The software turns out to be useful in detecting shitty films on netflix.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)


KarenUhOh (#19)

Is it wrong to feel that, if we're going to have such a thing, we're better off with it being inept?

joeclark (#651)

You’ve got an unmatched dumb-quote mark (the combination of dumb quotes with em dashes is particularly egregious) and parens within parens.

caw_caw (#5,641)

You know, I think it's high time for a CIA-based musical. "Springtime in Langley!"

Flashman (#418)

I'm actually really impressed that Cameron has taken the initiative – already!- to go to Cairo and make that statement.
What's Canada saying? Our fucking Prime Minister can only mumble something about being not necessarily too pleased about the loss of life, in the sort of tone you'd use to admonish your coworkers for leaving a mess in the lunchroom microwave.

Mindpowered (#948)

Our Esrtwhile prime minister is too busy attacking Mr. Ignatieff for being out of the country. Perhaps it's time Mr. Harper could use some more time abroad.

BadUncle (#153)

Look, critics, even Fred Sanford's truck was once shiny and new.

bookofsand (#9,632)

The CIA? Incompetent? NOOOOO! You are offending the superpatriotism of right-wingers, disillusioning the conspiracy-obsessed leftists, and destroying the premises of a million screenplays currently in development!

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