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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 02/18/2011

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By Jeff Stein

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By Jeff Stein  | February 18, 2011; 1:34 PM ET
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Is this right ?
We spend $80 B a year on the various Intelligence agencies.
$50 B goes to the CIA;
$ 6 B to DIA & the Service agencies;
$10 B to NSA;
$10 B to NGA; and
$ 4 B for Starbucks coffee.
Just kidding on that last one.

The CIA MUST allocate money based on threats, right ? Less to study Lesotho and Palau; more to keep tabs on Libya and North Korea (does anybody seriously consider Iran a threat ?)

So, assuming the CIA spends at least $3 B a year keeping tabs on the Maghreb, Egypt to Morocco, how did we not see any of these revolutions coming ?

Firing Secretary Clinton won't fix the systemic problems at State, but her firing is a needed aignal that failure is not acceptable. Well, if she's getting the boot, Director Panetta deserves it all the more.

Posted by: BrianX9 | February 22, 2011 4:17 AM | Report abuse

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