If you want to improve America's intelligence, don't read the 9/11 report. Read Buchan's Greenmantle or Kipling's Kim. We need agents of daring and skill, not better bureaucrats.
Popular uprisings, social transformations and American interventions have hurt the region's second-largest religion.
The American military is strained by its current commitments to Iraq and is ill-positioned to significantly increase its force presence there, especially for prolonged deployments.
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