We See a World of More, Not Fewer Mysteries: Robert Gates

CIA Director Robert Gates talks about Saddam Hussein's still hidden Scuds, the KGB's new goals and declassifying the J.F.K. assassination files

Q. You've been making a lot of changes in the CIA's procedures. For example, you want to include more dissent in intelligence analyses. Why?

A. Every major intelligence failure over the last 20 or 40 years has been because the analysts tended to accept the conventional wisdom. The problem has not been a lack of dissent by the various agencies. The problem has come about when they all signed up to a view that was in fact wrong. One example was the conclusion ((before the 1990 invasion of Kuwait)) that Saddam Hussein would spend the next several years trying to rebuild...

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