Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our Spies and Their Revolution: Why was President Obama caught Off Guard?

In the darkness lies two groups of people: Those who dance in the Dark, the Goths and those who work in the Dark, the Spies.

What happened in Egypt brings to mind a few questions for the spies:

 1)     After Wikileaks and the Palestine papers, did our Intelligence Agents feel safe to operate in the Middle East?

2)    Do our intelligence Agents overseas feel like the Obama Administration has their "back,"?

 3)   Were our HUMINT only based in the Upper Echelons of Egyptian Government and not among the people?

Right now, the Egyptian Government has fallen, nothing but the Military has risen to take over.  However, the other factor in Egypt (which has been around since 1928) is the Muslim Brotherhood.  With the fall of Mubarak (good riddence!), means all the treaties signed are in the air. 

Meanwhile, what was President Obama's role during the Egyptian Revolution?

On Tuesday the Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.

On Wednesday they said that transitioning power “now means yesterday.”

On Saturday morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.

On Saturday evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.

On Sunday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.

On Tuesday the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.

(h/t Blackfive)

If our friends in the Dark did not know, then it should be time to reform the Intelligence Agencies.  Salt other Government and our Ambassadorships as well as the local politicos in each country. 

However, if they DID know, and President Obama and HIS CIA Chief were in the Dark, the question becomes, who are our Intelligence Agents backing for 2012?

My question: Which is the correct answer?

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