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Iraq intelligence failures
There certainly has been a lot of buzz about how the intelligence on Iraq was wrong. My view is that the critics are trying to have it both ways. on one hand, people are after the intelligence community for failing to pick up the signals about 9/11. There is a mountain of ambiguous intelligence data they sort through all the time. Pre-9/11 they probably were less aggressive about the analysis and didn't assume the worst case scenario.

Post 9/11, now the analysis tends to be different. They may assume more danger from data that is less clear. I knew that was going to happen when they announced the whole red/orange/yellow alert system post 9/11. No government official would hold back on releasing possible threat data. Nobody wants to have another 9.11 incident while the country is on "yellow" alert.

So in regards to Iraq, there were piles of ambigous data and pre-9.11 the intelligence community might not have assumed the worst possible sc…
Back from Botswana
I was away in Botswana for a Habitat for Humanity project from June 26 to July 13. I hope to have a web travelogue up at my home page in August.

There are so many thoughts that run through my mind but all center around the question: how is my life different having gone through this experience?

Ironically, the question was posed directly by our safari guide on the last night of safari on July 10. He said, he takes Westerners out into the wilderness all the time and certainly they are excited to see the unique animals that make Africa special. But he often wonders: do they take home anything more from their visit to his country than just memories of wildlife? Have their lives been changed as a result?

I've been pondering that question since that night and it gnaws at me like a name I can't remember or an itch that I can't seem to scratch. If forced to, I suppose I could take some tentative cracks at answering it. And in the end, maybe as I think th…