John Hamre on Kabul mission, security in Afghanistan

An ex-military officer and MSNBC military analyst says the untimely death of US soldiers in Afghanistan shows the constant reduction of the importance of human intelligence “coupled with an almost entirely ineffective intelligence bureaucracy…

John Hamre on Kabul mission, security in Afghanistan

An ex-military officer and MSNBC military analyst says the untimely death of US soldiers in Afghanistan shows the constant reduction of the importance of human intelligence “coupled with an almost entirely ineffective intelligence bureaucracy with an extremely limited ability to carry out executions that produce the most reliable result.”

He goes on to ask, “Why do we return to this costly game — which appears to generate only grief and scarcity when a tank is crushed by the hooves of a goat? We don’t.

“The Afghan drama proves once again that our military leaders refuse to extend themselves beyond corporate dogma. We are reminded that intelligence is not merely what happens to us; intelligence is what happens when we don’t do the impossible.”

He ends with a personal note to Obama, “You’ve done what you needed to do in Afghanistan, and now it’s time to move on and recruit and train the leadership to keep the troop numbers below a ‘fighting force’ so that all sides won’t see you as war profiteers. Those are the people who won’t leave their comfortable roles and assumptions but will stick around to carry out the whim of politicians. “

Says a senior defense official, “It’s part of our culture, and it’s a place where the culture almost defines the uniform.”

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