Why the Spooks Screwed Up

Those who fight terror for a living know the deal. Success is expected. Failure is intolerable. Last Tuesday was intolerable. Not just because of the volume of destruction and loss of life, but because anyone who has ever tried to keep a secret had good reason to wonder: Given the obvious scope of this terror operation--the number of perpetrators/potential leaks, the elaborateness of the preparations/potential money trails--how could thousands of spooks who supposedly had Osama bin Laden in their cross hairs for a decade miss every single moving part?

At some point, when the nation has moved beyond grief and vengefulness,...

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