||This old house was only a few blocks from the state Capitol in Madison,
Wisconsin. All the neighborhood cats lived in the basement during the
winter. The house has long since been torn down, but in 1972 there were
AR2ax speakers in the front room, and a lot of good music was heard there.
In the 21st century I am just as opinionated as ever,
and I now have an outlet. I shall pontificate here about anything
that catches my fancy; I hope I will not make too great a fool
of myself. You may comment yea or nay about anything on the
site; I may quote you here, or I may not. Send brickbats etc.
May 18, 2012Today's book review
In the Wall Street Journal, Sue Mi Terry reviews The Art Of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service, by Henry A. Crumpton. It is the story of the CIA's recovery from the Vietnam era, forced by 9/11, and the fullest telling yet of its stunning success in Afghanistan. Only weeks after after the destruction of the twin towers, and under Crumpton's direction, Sue Mi Terry writes,
small teams of CIA operatives and U.S. Special Forces, together with Afghan allies, came to kill thousands of al Queda and Taliban combatants and to break their hold on Afghanistan in less than three months.
Such a shame then that Bush and Cheney took their eyes off the ball because they wanted to invade Iraq. Instead of crushing the Taliban, we allowed them to regroup,and now they are sure that they have only to wait.
I think the reason George Bush has been so quiet since he left the White House is because he knows what a complete failure he was.