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Wednesday 21 Feb 2018 | 05:02 | SYDNEY
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Secret intelligence not coming to the rescue



12 November 2008 09:58

One further note on the Cordesman interview I linked to below. I take issue with this statement, which Cordesman made in response to a question about Obama's likely attitude to Iran's nuclear program:

A president who is the Commander in Chief operates at the apex of the American Intelligence Community, its military planning capabilities, its diplomacy. A candidate talks, really, in terms of sound bites. And that transition, which began with the first real intelligence briefing that the President elect got, which was all of 48 hours ago, is really what's going to determine his attitudes.

Whether Cordesman intended it or not, it sounds like he's saying that, with the pesky and distracting democratic process now safely out of the way, the national security bureaucracy can get on with the real work of securing the US.

But Obama's own ideas and convictions, and those of his advisers, should continue to play a decisive role. The intelligence and diplomatic communities are not all-knowing, and they are unlikely to offer blinding new insights that totally undermine everything Obama has learnt up to now about Iran. If they did, wouldn't they have solved the problem by now? 

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