"The levers of power are not connected to anything," he said, adding: "We have placed all of our energies in creating the center, and the center cannot accomplish anything," - CIA director Michael Hayden on the political vacuum at the center of the region of the Middle East called Iraq. But this is the most interesting part of the Woodward piece to me:
Hayden catalogued what he saw as the main sources of violence in this order: the insurgency, sectarian strife, criminality, general anarchy and, lastly, al-Qaeda. Though Hayden had listed al-Qaeda as the fifth most pressing threat in Iraq, Bush regularly lists al-Qaeda first.
They're still lying to us, aren't they?
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