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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 (14 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 1254 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 (14 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1190 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.


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