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U.S. Sending CIA Chief To Mideast Amid Tensions  
User currently offline767-322ETOPS From United States of America, joined May 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 762 times:

Why are we using the CIA here? Is their role changing? I always thought they only did covert stuff, and the State Department handled the diplomacy.

Is there something about the Mideast that makes the CIA especially qualified?

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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 698 times:

You've been watching too many movies.

The purpose of the CIA is intelligence - i.e. finding out what the other guy is up to. That is the type of thing that is needed right now in the Middle East - Finding out where the next terrorism act is going to take place, so that you can intercept.

99% of the CIA's work is spent reading, listening and interviewing. The people who do it are basically the brainy nerds you laughed at in high school. None of this 007 stuff.

Charles


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