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.”