Never have so many done so little

07/10/2014 10:07 AM

07/11/2014 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

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service