February 4, 2013

CIA Has a History of Getting the Mideast Wrong

Tom Gjelten, NPR

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Government agencies do not often acknowledge their own errors, but the CIA has done just that with the declassification of intelligence memoranda on the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. The documents show that agency analysts, down to the last minute before the outbreak of fighting, were assuring President Nixon, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and other policymakers that Egypt and Syria were unlikely to attack Israel.

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