I have been reading for many years that the CIA is more formidable in Washington infighting than anywhere else. Is there a penalty for rarely seeing what is right around the corner? One might think that is the job of an intelligence agency, but somehow repeated failures have only resulted in larger budgets. While many individual agents are undoubtedly conservatives, the careerists who run the CIA have long been liberals, associated for the most part with the Democratic Party. No doubt that has benefited them in budget battles, but not so much when it comes to doing their jobs.
Michael Ramirez comments sardonically. He actually is rather kind; he could have included a number of other failures, such as the intelligence community’s misjudgment with regard to Saddam Hussein’s WMD programs. But when it comes to political infighting, the CIA is still strong. Click to enlarge: