thedailybell.com / by Staff Report / Monday, December 10, 2012
No longer a turf war, the Pentagon and CIA work closely … With the increase use of drone strikes as a powerful fighting force, the military is looking to get more involved in intelligence. Greg Miller says that it’s becoming more difficult to tell who’s doing what as the Pentagon and CIA work closely together. David Petraeus, the highly decorated war hero, turned disgraced former head of the CIA made a once unthinkable shift from military to intelligence. But it isn’t at all uncommon anymore. In fact, the line between the Pentagon and CIA has become harder to distinguish. – Public Radio International
Dominant Social Theme: The move toward combining intelligence with military activity is an efficient one.
Free-Market Analysis: Here’s a new dominant social theme. We’re supposed to be comforted apparently that the Pentagon and CIA are merging, with the CIA coming out on top.
Between the two groups, you’ve probably got nearly US$1 trillion being utilized for intel and military purposes per YEAR. No multinational corporation in the world has an operating budget of one trillion dollars. This is the largest, most powerful, most malicious enterprise on the planet.
Its reach is global, its mischief international and its official determination in aggregate to preserve the power and fortunes of the US are indelible, at the top anyway. And now the two organizations are to be one. The article quotes Greg Miller of the Washington Post on the merger as follows:
But, Miller says, there is another big factor for the CIA’s embrace of the DIA.
“This deal that the CIA has cut with the Pentagon was enabled by the fact that the CIA gets to have ultimate control over what the Pentagon was doing,” Miller said. “Whatever the Pentagon ends up doing, it’s not going to undermine CIA operations. Secondly the CIA is so stretched that it welcomes the chance to have this other entity that it can offload work to.”
Now that the military is coming out of two wars, it faces significant retrenchment. Intelligence agencies on the other hand, won’t be facing the same level of budget cuts.
“One of the lessons coming out of 9/11 has only been reinforced over the past decade — that you can’t afford to start cutting back on intelligence, or the consequences could be dire,” he said.