America Abroad The Case Against Gates

When he nominated Robert Gates to be director of Central Intelligence five months ago, President Bush said he was counting on the CIA to help America "maintain its role as the leader of the free world."

The phrase had an anachronistic ring, as though the very subject of the nation's spy agency caused Bush to slip back into the vocabulary of the cold war. That would be natural enough. After all, no American institution is more closely identified with the 40-year struggle to stop the spread of communism and Soviet influence around the world. Whether American agents were restoring the Shah...

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