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  •  Perhaps their sources are sound (4.00)
    But I have found their analysis to be highly suspect. They completely missed the boat in their interpretation of Al-Qaida as acting out some sort of Battle of the Bulge/Tet Offensive decision, since the choices are both inferior.

    That, and they misread the significance of both events

    And they continue to parrot the Iraq=9/11 connection...albeit cogently.

    I. do. not. trust. them.

    It's only Nero-esque if the city is burning. :)

    by cskendrick on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 06:24:03 AM PDT

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    •  Concur (4.00)
      Having done a bit of work with Ken Allard in the past (one of Stratfor's founders), I have to agree.  Frequently, their "intel for hire" is about as accurate as a broken clock.  

      On the other hand, that's the case with most intel.  The gold comes in being able to sort through the 98% bullshit contained in intel streams to get to the 2% that's worth a followup.  Outfits like Stratfor don't have the resources to thoroughly vet and filter the intel stream, so they tend to error on the side of throwing it all out there, and seeing what sticks.

      All Spin Zone : Factor This, Falafel Man. Oh, and, SCI.

      by Richard Cranium on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 06:41:39 AM PDT

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    •  I agree (4.00)
      They are good at selling themselves as having the best inside scoop and analysis on security issues, but I remain skeptical. This article had an awfully long and not terribly relevant preamble that just couldn't help but toss in a smear of the Clinton admin. Then there is the cliche that liberals don't care much about intelligence matters while conservatives are very supportive of it. This is analysis? Bill O'Reilly could give the same analysis. And the suggestion that Plame may have burned herself by revealing her CIA status to friends and family is pure negative speculation that is hardly fitting of a company that supposedly produces intelligence.
      •  Yup, and it's a shame that STRAFOR had to (none)
        bow to that wingnut impulse, because there are several golden nuggets of fact in there:

        Brewster-Jennings was a priceless security asset that got burned (probably by Bu$hco).

        Intelligence agents are service people deserving of respect (although I have to pint out that they can be and have been applied to some evil ends by powermongers, as in Iran-Contra).

        NOC agents have a lot of cojones and are risking their lives being our first line of defense.

        etc...

        However, you can actually learn most of this and more from a John LeCarre novel, without having to endure gratuitous right-wing rhetoric.

        "It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse." - Al Gore

        by klevenstein on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 11:55:46 AM PDT

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