Richard Posner, a really smart guy, argues that the
He makes the salient point thus:
The British understand that a criminal-investigation culture and an intelligence culture don't mix. A crime occurs at a definite time and place, enabling a focused investigation likely to culminate in an arrest and conviction. Intelligence seeks to identify enemies and their plans before any crime occurs. It searches for terrorist sleeper cells in the
Read it here.
This is the essential point that Bush’s critics just don’t understand. They approach security and intelligence from a law-enforcement perspective and don’t realize the limitations of that course. But then, most of them see the war as a mere political inconvenience, maybe even something cooked up by Karl Rove, not as something that justifies wartime measures.