Notes from our travels across a mysterious world.

CIA Director respects sovereign states

Let’s say you’re CIA Director Porter Goss, and you give an interview claiming that you have an “excellent idea” where Osama bin Laden is hiding. However, you then claim that America’s sense of “fair play” concerning state sovereignty is an issue when it comes to actually capturing him.

So, how does that work, exactly? Saddam Hussein was such a great threat to the U.S. from 2001 on that we invaded Iraq and are still occupying the country with a sizable portion of our military, but the person who actually ordered the last major attack on our country is safe because of our respect for the nation-state system?

(And, if we have such respect for that system, why does the CIA exist? Are we laying off the spies?)

Well, at least the interview gave me a pretty good idea of the location of Osama bin Laden’s sanctuary. It would have to be in a country where, no matter what, we wouldn’t actively pursue a international terrorist due to our sense of realpolitik and fear of disruption. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, bin Laden is apparently hiding in the Cold War-era Soviet Union.

1 Comment

  1. jeremy

    why does it just seem like he means Saudi Arabia when he says this?

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