Review: Blond Ghost

5 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spend Money, Get Lots of Folks Killed, Lose Anyway…,

April 8, 2000
David Corn
Although Ted Shackley was a line case officer, this book is placed within the paramilitary section because his entire career encompassed a series of wars where the CIA played a very tragic and unproductive role. As Shackley’s deputy in Laos is quoted on page 163, speaking on Shakley’s accomplishments in Laos, “We spent a lot of money and got a lot of people killed,” Lair remembered, “and we didn’t get much for it.” For those seeking to understand the bureaucratization of the Directorate of Operations, both in the field and in Washington, this is essential reading.
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