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Anytime a former DCI recommends the abolishment of the CIA you’ve got to think he’s really trying to find a serious solution to a real problem. The trouble is that he’s too earnest, both the left and the right will attack him on political grounds. It’s sad that we live in times where the nation is so polarized.
His history of the CIA is fascinating. Hard-core conservatives will notice that he omits the successes of the CIA’s “war” in Afghanistan during the Soviet Innovation and that he downplays the failures of his own tenure as CID. Also he doesn’t much like the “knuckle draggers”. But he is telling a story about how the organizational structure of the inelegance community affects the type of job they do. I found the omissions mostly unimportant to this story, too bad that they can easily be interpreted as bias.
So just accept that he has a little bias. It’s a story about him and who doesn’t have some bias about themselves. But his bias is small and doesn’t undermine his points.
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What did you like best about Burn Before Reading? What did you like least?
I like the facts int his book, but it was very dry. I almost think a text book could have been made more exciting. But I did love the information.
What aspect of Michael Prichard’s performance would you have changed?
He was very monotone, and there was little excitement or even anger in his voice.