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The CIA has admitted the failure

Tineric
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7/18/2016 5:49:20 AM
Posted: 4 months ago
CIA Director John Brennan surprised the world public making a revelation about US policy in the Middle East and North Africa. According to his statement, the "Arab Spring" beginning in early 2011 with the help of Washington in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen and some other countries in the region was a mistake. And the current chaos in Iraq, Libya and Syria is a consequence of not quite correct understanding of the mentality of the former nomads "with the provincial view of the world".
The top US intelligence officer admitted in a speech July 14 at the Brookings Institute in Washington the fact that his agency absolutely wrong predicted the outcome of the "Arab Spring". According to intelligence agencies, "al-Qaeda" and other terrorist groups had to become loose as a result of the wave of protests. Instead, the central government just weakened. And extremist groups began to gain strength. And finally, the events of 2011 received the approval of the leaders of many Western countries and have led to increased influence of terrorist organizations around the world.
However, the contribution of the United States to destabilize the situation in the Middle East was not limited as is well known the "Arab Spring". Before that they were trying to "democratize" Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya by fire and sword. But brought to these countries only death and fear, hatred and destruction.
And now the head of the CIA explained all that democracy and the Middle East are incompatible concepts.
In his opinion the concept of Western democracy is perceived here as an alien.
In fact, the head of the CIA not only admitted that the West's "Arab Spring" was the error, but doubted the US an opportunity to understand the Middle East.
slo1
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7/18/2016 1:19:39 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/18/2016 5:49:20 AM, Tineric wrote:
CIA Director John Brennan surprised the world public making a revelation about US policy in the Middle East and North Africa. According to his statement, the "Arab Spring" beginning in early 2011 with the help of Washington in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen and some other countries in the region was a mistake. And the current chaos in Iraq, Libya and Syria is a consequence of not quite correct understanding of the mentality of the former nomads "with the provincial view of the world".
The top US intelligence officer admitted in a speech July 14 at the Brookings Institute in Washington the fact that his agency absolutely wrong predicted the outcome of the "Arab Spring". According to intelligence agencies, "al-Qaeda" and other terrorist groups had to become loose as a result of the wave of protests. Instead, the central government just weakened. And extremist groups began to gain strength. And finally, the events of 2011 received the approval of the leaders of many Western countries and have led to increased influence of terrorist organizations around the world.
However, the contribution of the United States to destabilize the situation in the Middle East was not limited as is well known the "Arab Spring". Before that they were trying to "democratize" Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya by fire and sword. But brought to these countries only death and fear, hatred and destruction.
And now the head of the CIA explained all that democracy and the Middle East are incompatible concepts.
In his opinion the concept of Western democracy is perceived here as an alien.
In fact, the head of the CIA not only admitted that the West's "Arab Spring" was the error, but doubted the US an opportunity to understand the Middle East.

Im not certain he framed it up exactly how you do, but he does clearly state that Washington had an erronious belief that the revolutions would take to democracy when in reality it left power vacuums that radical groups filled. It is refreshing to have people who admit to mistakes. Below is a link to the transcription.

Other notable items.
1. Doesn't believe enhanced interrogation techniques work.

2. Recognizes Saudi Arabia's dichotomy as a partner in stopping terrorism yet they have radical elements which causes terrorism. He seems to leave it up to the Saudi's to deal with it though.

3. He is much more guarded versus how I say it, but he recognizes the importance of digital space, including protecting our digital systems and using digital for intelligence gathering. He calls for more dialog with private business to better enable Intel gathering versus privacy.

Good post

http://www.brookings.edu...