topsecret.jpgYesterday, while the never-ending Hayden confirmation hearings ground our will to live into dust, Ken Silverstein posted a troubling hilarious story on the CIA in Iraq. Did you know that there hasn’t been a National Intelligence Estimate written on Iraq since November of 2004? Why doesn’t the CIA ever report the good news from Iraq, huh? Schools are being painted, guys! Former agency officials, as always, give great quote:

“If I were at the CIA now and was asked to work on an NIE [on Iraq], my first response would be, ‘How the fuck do I get out of this?’

Our tip: Take CIA factbook on, say, Sweden, liberal use of “find/replace.” Alternatively, request to do one on Iran instead, make a bunch of scary shit up.

“Fairy Tales” [Harpers]

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