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March 16th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

CIA coming under scrutiny

(CNN) – Does the CIA need an overhaul? In the wake of a deadly December suicide attack against one of its bases in Afghanistan, a lot of experts believe the agency is badly in need of reform.

Former CIA operative Bob Baer has pieced together a chilling account of that suicide attack for GQ magazine. He also has a lot to say about some missteps that preceded it. He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to break it all down.

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  1. ronvandm

    WOW, thats a mouthful Smitty. The only problem I have, not with your comment, but is that keeping secrets in this country has become a joke. The CIA, I thought, was suppossed to be OUR "James Bonds", yet today their "secret" missions are in the public eye. I do not doubt that Karzi is looking for ways to survive, IF and when we leave. He is OUR pick, but once again it wouldn't be the first time that the U.S. backed a leader that turned on us. Again though, for me the biggest problem is keeping secrets.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    The suicide bomb attack on the Afghanistan CIA base which killed the CIA base commander, several CIA agents and Xe contractors ONLY occurred after yet another midnight raid by the CIA-Xe contractors resulted in another large number of Afghanistan children being slaughtered (presumably by mistake).

    Time and time again these CIA caused civilian slaughters were matter of fact blamed on Afghanistan police and security forces who in all cases were not even present. The large number of CIA caused Afghan civilian slaughters, including Afghanistan Police Chiefs and their pregnant wives has greatly complicated President Karzi's tedious balance of attempting to convince the Afghanistan people he is their friend and the American allies are there to protect Afghanistan's citizens.

    The biggest recent blunder by far by the CIA came with the capture of Afghani Taliban #2 when he was directly engaged in peace negoiations with President Karzi.

    Are both McChrystal and Petraus out of the loop of factual information in Afghanistan? Gates summary appears to be pull out soon before the foobar and morass which has became known as the US Invasion of Afghanistan becomes even worst than it now is.

    Gen's McChrystal and Petraus appeared to be utterly out of the loop and utterly surprised that the allegedly corrupt Afghanistan President Karzai was in the middle of negotiations with Aghan Taliban #2 when the CIA swept in and with the supposed help of the Pakistani ISI arrested Taliban's #2 man in Pakistan recently.

    Afghanistan Presidential aide reported that Karzai is extremely angry’ at Taliban boss’ arrest.

    Apparently Gen McChrystal, Petraus and his staff were not even aware that the Afghan government was holding secret talks with the Taliban's No. 2 when he was captured in Pakistan, and that the arrest totally infuriated President Hamid Karzai.

    The detention of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar — second in the Taliban only to one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar — has raised new questions about whether the U.S. is willing to back peace discussions with leaders who harbored the terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Karzai "was very angry" when he heard that the Pakistanis had picked up Baradar with an assist from U.S. intelligence, the adviser said. Besides the ongoing talks, he said Baradar had "given a green light" to participating in a three-day peace jirga that Karzai is hosting next month.

    Perhaps more than anyone in the entire region of Afghanistan, Karzi knows his life won't be worth spit if he can't work out some arrangement with the Taliban before the American troops leave next year. President Karzi is not yet planning his exit strategy, he is however trying desperately to insure his personal survival HOWEVER it now appears some US Agency's do not want him to succeed!

    March 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm |