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McCain Wants To Create…The CIA!

Am I crazy, or did we already do what McCain is proposing to do almost 60 years ago?:

Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) exchanged barbs this week challenging each other’s knowledge of events in Iraq. Obama charged that McCain, who supports Bush’s Iraq policy, had failed to learn from the administration’s mistakes, while McCain attacked Obama for not visiting the war zone for the past two years.

Both have said they would make significant changes in the intelligence community. McCain has said he would set up a new agency, patterned after the World War II Office of Strategic Services, with "a cadre of . . . undercover operatives" to conduct unconventional and psychological warfare and covert action.

In fact, this seems to me to be exactly what we did as part of the National Security Act of 1947, which among other things established the National Security Council, Joint Chiefs of Staff and CIA. The latter of which was built based upon the OSS.

So can anybody tell me what he’s talking about? I mean, c’mon, he knows about the CIA, he was almost a teenager when it was created!

I am suspicious it is just a way to create another organization that can make up intelligence in a Cheneyesque fashion so we can go to more wars and not have to rely upon actual, verifiable "intelligence."

h/t A friend on Capitol Hill

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