Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Subject Near and Dear to My Heart

David Stokes has written an article in describing how the U.S. intelligence community is in greater peril than at any time since the Carter Administration.

Are we on the verge of a “soft” purge in our intelligence and national security communities? Are beginning to lose people - citizens who have sacrificed and served with excellence – people we would certainly need if, God forbid, we found ourselves dealing with a major terrorist offensive here at home?

The answer is yes.

When it comes to the economy we will do virtually anything to get “the best and the brightest” into key posts because they are indispensable. But are we playing by the same rules when it comes to national security? The answer to that one is no.

All indications are that morale is low – and understandably so – in the intelligence and national security communities. Why? Likely, it’s because we have allowed for the polarizing stigmatization of these patriots and their noble work, driven by misguided and malicious self-righteousness.

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