During the past two years this blog has repeatedly warned that Egypt was close to an explosion due to issues of poverty, government corruption, and dictatorial rule by Hosni Mubarak. US Senators are questioning the CIA as to why they did not provide advance warning about potential violence against the Egyptian government. According to CIA official, Stephanie O’Sullivan the president was informed a year ago there might be unrest in Egypt. “We warned of instability. We didn’t know what the triggering mechanism would be.” Fair enough, they issued a warning. The bottom line it did not cost $0 billion a year in order to obtain information about possible unrest in Egypt. A good reporter, a trained political scientist or even a tourist could have figured out the country was unstable, given high unemployment among youth and rising food prices. Let’s examine the ‘success” of the CIA.
They didn’t have a clue about the end of the Soviet Union.
They didn’t have a clue about 9/11.
They didn’t have a clue about the rise of ring wing religious fundamentalism in Israel.
They didn’t even know there were NO WMD in Iraq.
And, so on and so on.
Save $40 billion a year and hire some good reporters with language skills.