Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Great moments in Reading Comprehension

From today’s released National Intelligence Estimate: The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland:

“We assess that al-Qa’ida will continue to enhance its capabilities to attack the Homeland through greater cooperation with regional terrorist groups. Of note, we assess that al-Qa’ida will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), its most visible and capable affiliate and the only one known to have expressed a desire to attack the Homeland.” NIE Document July 17, 2007

Here’s Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, take on that:

"The NIE released today points out that the real threat to the U.S. homeland emanates from Afghanistan and Pakistan, not Iraq," Reyes said.” Intelligence Report Warns of al-Qaeda's Capabilities - washingtonpost.com (UPDATE: here’s Rep. Reyes full statement: Statement on NIE, July 17, 2007)

Which would be worse: that he commented without reading the report (the actual Judgments are only two pages) or that he commented having fully read it?

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