Intelligence and imagination are the two main weapons against terror, not drone air craft. The Obama team seems to be unarmed—having given away intelligence, while, like Clinton, never really pursuing the intuitive need for imagining where and how terrorists might be preparing to strike.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and counter-terror aide John Brennan are noted for their ability to spill information. Bill and Hillary Clinton have been among the big braggers about getting Bin-Laden. This is the same Bill Clinton who barely met with some of his CIA and FBI directors while he served as president from 1993-2000 when Al-qaeda was preparing 9-11.
Obama, Holder, Hillary and Brennan should learn from this record. Unfortunately they have learned the wrong things.
Data on hostile radical Muslims that reaches the intelligence community is often treated as “prejudiced,” as not “politically correct.” That is exactly how the Fort Hood massacre happened because Army personnel were told to ignore Major Nidal Malik Hassan’s pre-murder performance.
The Fort Hood attack could have been prevented, according to a 61-page Senate report, but the information was ignored.
In general, the Obama team has taken short-sighted approach to intelligence, stopping the flow of blood–good intel to our counter-terror forces. Instead it spills the blood already amassed painstakingly.
It is time to stop bragging about intelligence successes, and it is time to start acting intelligently.
The war against terror is not over, and it is time to stop the war against the war on terror.
Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat.
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