Thursday, February 17

Mistaken Intelligence

I want to go on record early to say that from what I understand the new "office of National Intelligence" (now headed by Mr Negroponte) is a mistake. Just like the UN, an beauracracy is being created with responsiblity but no power. When it fails to accomplish its goals (being mainly powerless) it will be a lightning rod for blame, but being basically powerless will be ineffectual at actually bringing about change.

With the UN, note the answer is only partially to cede sovereignity and real power to that body. For good reason, we would be chary of doing so. That merely points to the flaws in how we have designed and implemented the existing UN and not necessarily in the idea of an extra-national body desigined to provide greater security for its member nations.