There are typos. And then there are intelligence failures in more ways that one.

A Defense Intelligence Agency publication available as recently as yesterday on its Web site noted “an Israeli F-16 raid to destroy an Iranian nuclear reactor” in 1981.

Just one problem: publicly-known history includes no Israeli raid on an Iranian nuclear reactor in 1981. Israel did attack an Iraqi facility at Osirak that year, however.

Remember when George Bush didn’t know the difference between Shia and Sunnis or that it would matter before invading Iraq? Or WMD? Let’s hope the CIA’s recent defector will help us avoid similar mistakes in the future.

“So…yer Iraqi, right?”

“No. Iranian. We’re a totally different culture, history, ethnic group. Persian.”

“So…that’s from Iraq?”




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