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Reader riposte: On Cordesman


Sam Roggeveen


13 November 2008 10:47

Associate Professor Ian Wing writes:

I couldn’t agree more with your comments about the latest Cordesman appearance on the 7.30 Report. Cordesman was incorrect when he spruiked the benefits of the US President being at the ‘apex’ of US intelligence. Cordesman’s claims are generally way off the mark anyway – especially on Iraq and Afghanistan where, despite apparently sounding critical of the Bush Administration, he has consistently under-estimated our adversaries. 

The best thing Obama could do is keep the CIA and Dick Cheney’s other ‘groupthinked’ minions at arms length. Instead, Obama should receive his advice from a range of expert intelligence sources while tempering that advice with insights gained from others – area specialists, military experts, foreign intelligence services, journalists, businessmen, academics, activists etc. Perhaps if Bush had followed this advice we wouldn’t be in such a strategic mess.