A Lack of Perspective

Today I caught an article on the Christian Science Monitor that talks about the failure of U.S. intelligence prior to the 9/11 attacks. The Monitor has always been a great source of journalism, and I found this article particularly insightful. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The USA is widely loathed, but our leaders never fully grasped that before last September. Shortly after the attacks, President Bush claimed to be “amazed” that anyone hates America, because “I know how good we are.” This naivete is a failure of “intelligence” not the kind the FBI and CIA specialize in, but a lapsed ability to see the global political landscape from any perspective outside one’s own.”

The full text of this article can be found here.