Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern feels that President-elect Barack Obama has charted an unusual course by turning to supporters of the Iraq War for his national security team, particularly keeping Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.
McGovern, who worked with Gates at CIA, describes Gates as intensely ambitious and willing to bend intelligence reporting in political directions. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Gates: As Bad as Rumsfeld?”]
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Gates’s slanting of intelligence contributed to the CIA’s disastrous failure to anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union, McGovern says.
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