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Richard K. Betts argues that all the attention being paid to intelligence matters in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the debate over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as a justification for going to war "creates both an opportunity and a danger. The opportunity stems from the consensus that major reforms are necessary.... The danger stems from the gap between the urge to do something and the uncertainty about just what that something should be -- as well as from the entanglement of intelligence and policy issues involved with the Iraq question in particular.... The basic problem is that there is no dramatic reform of the intelligence system that everyone agrees will yield a net benefit.... What all sides in the current debates should want is to restore public confidence in the competence and integrity of the nation's intelligence system." Richard K. Betts, "The New Politics of Intelligence: Will Reforms Work This Time?" Foreign Affairs 83, no. 3 (May-Jun. 2004): 2-8.

2000s Generally:

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G - N

O - P

Q - Z

2000 - 2002




National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Debate over Recommendations of Commission

Intelligence Reform Act of 2004


A - L

M - Z

Director of National Intelligence



2008 - 2009

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