In­vis­i­ble sol­diers

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The global war on ter­ror­ism is not your fa­ther’s or grand­fa­ther’s war. Thus, says CIA Di­rec­tor Michael V. Hay­den, U.S. mil­i­tary man­power like that sta­tioned in Iraq is not nearly as im­por­tant as the po­ten­tial intelligence that can be gath­ered against the en­emy.

Speak­ing to the Chicago Coun­cil on Global Af­fairs two weeks ago, Gen. Hay­den ex­plained that dur­ing the Cold War “the Soviet Union’s most deadly forces — its [in­tercon­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles] and tank armies — were rel­a­tively easy to find, but hard to kill. Intelligence was im­por­tant, but over­shad­owed by the need for sheer fire­power.

“To­day, the sit­u­a­tion is re­versed. We are now in an age in which our pri­mary ad­ver­sary is easy to kill, but hard to find. So you can un­der­stand why so much em­pha­sis in the last six years has been on intelligence.”

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