The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

CIA of­fi­cers greeted at­ten­dees at re­cent Arab Amer­i­can Day Fes­ti­vals in Gar­den Grove, Calif., and Phoenix, the agency said. The CIA booth, tucked amid food tables and ven­dors, drew cu­ri­ous crowds. The of­fi­cers spoke to fes­ti­val guests in Ara­bic, Ar­me­nian, Pun­jabi and Urdu. A CIA his­to­rian also gave “a spir­ited talk about myths and re­al­i­ties of the CIA” to au­di­ences at lo­cal community cen­ters. Such is life in the agency.

‘The CIA is com­mit­ted to at­tract­ing tal­ented Amer­i­cans of all cul­tural backgrounds be­cause the agency needs their ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and skills,” ex­plains CIA Di­rec­tor David H. Pe­traeus. “The agency can­not suc­ceed with­out diver­sity. It is cru­cial to our in­tel­li­gence mis­sion to have peo­ple who un­der­stand the nu­ances about the world we op­er­ate in.”

Sighs of re­lief, crabby out­cry, ex­ag­ger­a­tions to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­

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