So we got it wrong.
So now what? How do we fix the mistakes?
I don't buy the idea that the entire US intelligence community just totally shit the bed on the Iraq WMD. I guarantee some analyst somewhere got it right. How do we give that guy/gal a larger voice so we avoid groupthink? My "spy blog" article is one solution (although some disagree).
I think the clearest way to solving problems is having things like the Sept 11th commission and the WMD Panel that help us avoid mistakes like this in the future. I think it speaks well of our country that we are willing to invest the time and intellectual energy to get at truth. Of course, everyone's conclusions about how much truth results from these things are shaded by their political leanings, but you don't see to many dictatorships that openly criticize themselves. Did Saddam convene the "mother of all commissions" to figure out why he lost the first Gulf War?
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