D’oh! We Still Don’t Have Any Good Iraq Intel

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Belatedly (because, er, I lost my blog password and BOTH my computers melted down and the dog ate my keyboard), let us praise CQ’s Jeff Stein for pointing out that among the casualties of Baghdad’s continuing meltdown is… the CIA.

According to several well informed intelligence sources, hundreds of CIA operatives have become virtual prisoners in the Green Zone, the sprawling American enclave whose high walls and guards separate the U.S. embassy, military command and related civilian agencies from the raging sectarian violence in Baghdad’s streets.

The CIA operatives cannot safely roam the city to meet their few agents, much less recruit new ones.

It’s just too dangerous. CIA chiefs don’t want to risk one getting kidnapped, tortured on camera and beheaded.

That would certainly dampen the allure of a career in the CIA.

So “they spend their days playing cards and watching DVDs,” said a former senior CIA operations official who maintains close ties in the agency.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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