January 5th, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Report slams spies in Afghanistan

U.S. spies "can do little but shrug" when commanders ask for the information they need to fight the Taliban insurgency, the top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan said in a blistering report.

U.S. military intelligence officers in Afghanistan spend too much time focusing on enemy groups and tactics and not enough on trying to understand Afghanistan's culture, people and networks, Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn wrote in a report published Monday.

The American intelligence community is "ignorant of local economics and landowners, hazy about who the powerbrokers are and how they might be influenced, incurious about the correlations between various development projects and levels of cooperation among villagers, and disengaged from people in the best position to find answers," Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn wrote in a report published Monday.
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  1. American Delight

    Gen. Flynn is in charge of intel in Afghanistan. If his observation is true, then isn't he the one responsible to fix it?

    January 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. muslim123

    All westerners are seen as spies in the "brown" world.

    January 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    You can only fool people so long in regards to your intentions. The Middle Eastern country's are no longer fooled by the CIA agents intentions, if they find and capture a CIA agent it is like a banquet to a starving man. The CIA agent might last 4 days while they interrogate him/her before finally finishing them off and that is a long time.

    The CIA has attempted to recruit field agents from neighboring friendly country's, much like the Jordanian doctor the CIA turned into one of their field agents that worked for them until recently when he apparently decided the CIA was the true evil and blew-up 8 – 12 CIA agents, formerly named Blackwater employees and himself in a CIA forward operating base.

    The Israeli Mossad of course have solved the problem of enlisting information and reliable field agents from its neighboring country's who come and go relatively easily thru-out the region. Unfortunately for the CIA, the Israeli Mossad has little if any respect for the CIA and views them as bunglers at best. It seems the CIA approach has been to dump large amounts of American taxpayer money into the hands of some select individuals hoping they'll supply them with meager intel on a given situation. American taxpayers would be outraged if they learned how much of their hard earned money was dumped into less than desirable hands by the millions to various Afghanistan warlords and clans in a CIA bid for their loyalty. Sure, they take the money, but they are certainly not loyal nor reliable for the CIA.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |