To: Steve Peacock
Folks, you need to remember that the DoD has no nuclear weapons expertise because that is all done by the DOE. For those who forget their history, the AEC was melded into the DOE and THAT mission is still a vital one. As a consequence the Department of Energy sends lots of people to the Middle East to support DOD missions, looking for WMD, assisting with nuclear material control, material search, etc. DOE is responsible for providing technical support for nuclear response. You can hate DOE all you want, and it is merited because it is one of the most useless bureaucracies in the US government. But the DOE laboratories, including Argonne, are still among the finest scientific institutions in the world.
I don't know when educated folks decided that folks should not learn foreign languages, including Arabic. Xenophobia is always a bit of a conservative weakness. But, CIA, FBI, DoD have had lots of problems in the ME because we don't have folks with adequate language skills.
Excellently explained! When I wrote and subsequently posted the piece, I did so because it sounded like an “interesting” program — and I’d leave it to readers to discern whether it was insidious or simply good politics & policy. Thanks for leaping into the discussion — we’ll probably both get slammed for our comments.
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