1,394. 12/3/1998

“…while [CIA Director George] Tenet can be blamed for not putting money and people where his mouth was [upon issuing his ‘declaration of war’ on Osama bin Laden on December 3, 1998], the real problem is simply the nature of the post-Cold War world. …When the Soviet Union collapsed, the giant bull’s-eye disappeared and was replaced by a shooting gallery with black silhouette targets popping up everywhere–in back, in front, behind rocks, under bushes. The public, the press, and the Congress were requiring the intelligence community to see everywhere at all times, which was not only impossible but also irrational.”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 212-213

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