Never have so many done so little

Published: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014 - 10:07 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 - 8:23 am

Re "White House pointing fingers at CIA over spy" (Page A8, July 9): How many U.S. intelligence agencies does it take to change a light bulb? At least 16 that we know of, and according to a July 2010 Washington Post article, 1,271 government organizations, 1,931 private companies and 854,000 persons with top secret security clearances working at 10,000 locations in the U.S. on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence.

Yet, with all that capability, someone forgot to tell the president that Germany had arrested a German intelligence operative for passing secrets to the CIA, prior to an important teleconference between President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Perhaps the old saying, "too many cooks spoil the broth is true," and given the less-than-sterling performance of the U.S. Intelligence Community since it was created by President Reagan in 1981, perhaps it is time to review and reorganize the USIC.

-- Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

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