Book Review by James Russell of Western Intelligence and the Collapse of the Soviet Union 1980-1990 written by David Arbel and Ran Edelist
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The role of intelligence in George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq shines a spotlight on an issue that makes most observers of national security affairs extremely uncomfortable, regardless of their political persuasion. After all, despite an estimated annual budget of $35 billion to $40 billion and many thousands of dedicated and bright employees using all the most sophisticated technologies available to the richest country on earth, the U.S. intelligence apparatus knew remarkably little about what was actually going on inside Iraq. How could this have happened? Why did senior U.S. ofªcials repeatedly make statements of certitude to back their justiªcations for the war, assuring the public that these statements were based on “intelligence” and therefore, by implication, were credible?
Book review by James Russell: David Arbel and Ran Edelist, Western Intelligence and the Collapse of the Soviet Union 1980–1990. London: Frank Cass, 2003. 338 pp.
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