Twilight of the Spooks
A pair of books expose the politicized squalor of the CIA
The CIA and the Culture of Failure:
U.S. Intelligence from the End of the Cold War to the Invasion of Iraq
by John Diamond
Stanford Security Studies
$29.95 List Price
Since the cold war ended, the CIA has become a slow-motion bureaucratic sacrifice within the intelligence community. Like the chinook salmon, it has been shedding body parts every year as it struggles upstream to expire.With New York Times reporter Tim Weiner’s dismissive 2007 study, Legacy of Ashes, the fate of the agency seems sealed—whenever the world changes, the New York Times is traditionally the last to know.