despite the efforts of a few patriots, the democrats have more-or-less turned the intel community into a sewer of leftist political activism taking temperature readings.
They sit around and analyze to reach conclusions that can help the democrats, at the time, look better. They did this with Bin Laden, the Taliban, Iraqi yellowcake and WMDs.
They will tout their claims until it’s no longer politically expedient to do so and then make fun of people that ever took them seriously. see Joe and Valerie Wilson.
“yea, sure we surmised that they have the capability but now that I think a bout it a little more, maybe not. Don’t quote me on that either. So please give my wife’s section more money and I’ll make sure this time. Oh, and my wife isn’t a real spy so don’t tell anyone.”
They all but ignored the WTC bombing, Muslim involvement in the OKC bombing, and assured us Flight 800 had a center fuel tank explosion--despite over 100 witnesses who saw a missile, or something very much like one. Of course, that meant evil Right-Winged Bible reading gun owners (the forerunner of the "bitter clinger) were responsible for all the evils of the world, right down to the cow not giving milk. Then they discovered "Global Warming", which, while lucrative, was not sustainable as farces go, so they are back to blaming anyone to the Right of Hillary for the evils of the Earth.
I actually would like to interject a bit of truth ... the intel community has always been and will always be a sewer. It is the nature of the beast that is the intel community. There have been efforts to change and modify that fact for forever, but to extract information, to classify information, to find out if the information is accurate or inaccurate even those looking to be honest and truthful deal with a beast is a beast is a beast.