Friday, February 17, 2006

There ain't nobody that spies like us

Holy Smokes! Gen. Odom is one hell of a conservative contrarian. Check out this piece from Marginal Revolution. He advocates unilateral withdrawal from Iraq, which is surprising enough, but your jaw will drop when you see the manner in which a prominent person congratulates him.

Gen Odom has written a number of books, all dripping with point of view. I don't always agree with what he says, but it is always interesting. One of his most topical , and accessible books is Fixing Intelligence. It's short and each chapter details one element of the intelligence community and Odom's recommendations for fixing it. You learn about human intelligence as well as the technical forms. This is a great primer, as it doesn't assume specialist knowledge. You will learn about the debates over where to put domestic intelligence, who should control human foreign intelligence, how to balance military and policy needs. This book can help you understand the ongoing debates over the role of the Director of National Intelligence as well. Check it out.

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