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Commentary on Eikenberry Cables, Intelligence on Afghanistan

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

A number of articles and comments are appearing which address the significance of the Eikenberry cables. Links to some of the most interesting will be provided here.

One important commentary, by a former intelligence official, points out the fact that President Obama had not ordered a National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan prior to reaching his decision on Afghanistan strategy and the “surge”. See Ray McGovern, “Obama Put Politics First on Afghanistan”, Counterpunch, January 28, 2010

The absence of a NIE is surprising in view of the Flynn report on the defects in U.S. military intelligence in that country. See Jon Boone, “US intelligence chief criticises spy failings in Afghanistan,” The Guardian (, January 5, 2010

The text of the Flynn report is highly interesting. See Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, Paul D. Batchelor, “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan” (working paper), January 4, 2010

Many of the defects in U.S. military intelligence the Flynn report addresses had been noted over a year earlier. See Peter Beaumont, “Intelligence failures crippling fight against insurgents in Afghanistan, The Guardian, March 6, 2009.

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