Review: National Insecurity–U.S. Intelligence After the Cold War

4 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Annecdotal Opinions, Should be Bought and Read,

April 8, 2000
Craig R. Eisendrath

A project by the Center for International Policy, founded by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), this book brings together a series of chapters that are largely anecdotal (but reasoned) pieces from former foreign service officers recalling all the terrible things CIA did or did not do while they were in service. It includes a chapter by Mel Goodman that some thought was to have been a full-blown book. The chapter by Richard A. Stubbing on “Improving the Output of Intelligence: Priorities, Managerial Changes, and Funding” is quite interesting. There is a great deal of truth in all that is presented here-Ambassador Bob White, for example, was in El Salvador when I reported, a graduate thesis on predicting (and preventing) revolution in my past, and I remember vividly our conversation about the need to suppress the extreme right if we were to stabilize the country.

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