Why the Spooks Shouldn't Run Wars

The CIA's paramilitary role has a history of disaster

Here is what people should keep in mind as they hear about the CIA's ever expanding paramilitary role in the war on terrorism: it was a short trip, and a direct line, from the CIA's ill-conceived operation at the Bay of Pigs to the Cuban missile crisis.

In June 1961, less than two months after the CIA disaster in Cuba, President Kennedy journeyed to Vienna to meet with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev, who was built along the lines of a Soviet tank, sized up the slender young American President and mistakenly assumed he could be pushed around. Knowing that...

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