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Despite $72 Billion Intel Collection Budget, US Has No Clue About Iraq

by Daniel McAdams, The News Doctors:

Thanks to the always astute MoA blog for pointing out that for the estimated $72 billion per year the US government spends on intelligence gathering (the actual figure is classified and probably much higher), the US government is flying blind on what is happening in Iraq.

As the Washington Post reports:

In the same briefing, the [senior U.S. intelligence] official [who briefed reporters this week] disclosed that U.S. intelligence did not know who controlled Iraq’s largest oil refinery. And she suggested that one of the biggest sources of intelligence for American analysts is Facebook and Twitter postings.

The U.S. spent nearly $72 billion on intelligence gathering in 2013, …

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