The Stovepipe

The New Yorker’s auther Seymour M. Hersh published a new investigation article–The Stovepipe— on the conflicts between Bush Administration and the intelligence community that eventually led to non-existent W.M.D in Iraq. Here is an on-line only interview with Hersh: Q & A with Seymour M. Hersh.

So what you have is a bunch of people who weren¡¯t lying; they simply had fixed the system so it couldn¡¯t give them information they didn¡¯t want to hear.

2 thoughts on “The Stovepipe

  1. Hi Jean, (You’re behind me right now in the red rock cafe 😉 )

    This comment isn’t too relevant to the politics inside the CIA, gov, etc. but I found the idea of ‘stovepiping’ interesting.

    Everywhere we read that efficiency is a valid, good goal. We are told to trim the fat. My company told analysts that we run a tight ship and are very fiscally disciplined. The main problem with this way of thinking is the failure to realize that efficiency and redundancy are at odds with each other. Redundancy sounds like a dirty word until a part of your system breaks down because there was no backup.

    The most efficient system has no redundancy. The most redundant system (the one that is least prone to systemic failure) is the least efficient.

    Any compromise between the two is the result of a risk/benefit analysis. Measures of risk and benefit ultimately boil down to politics.

  2. Agreed! Either Authoritarian or Dictatorship is a lot more efficient than a Democratic government. But we chose latter. 🙂

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