At­tack­ing the CIA . . . . . . . . . . 28

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

It is ironic. The flaws that spoil Tim Weiner’s pas­sion­ate, malev­o­lent and of­ten mis­guided his­tory of the Cen­tral Intelligence Agency are pre­cisely the same flaws for which he damns CIA: Pre­con­ceived con­clu­sions, lack of in­sight about the tar­get and sloppy re­port­ing. From the book’s sec­ond sen­tence, Mr. Weiner tells you where he’s go­ing to end up: “Legacy of Ashes,” he an­nounces, “de­scribes how the most pow­er­ful coun­try in the his­tory of West­ern civ­i­liza­tion has failed to cre­ate a first-rate spy ser­vice.”

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