The Last Page

The Last Page

I have been reading in the newspapers that the CIA is in trouble (in the same way, almost, that you and I might be in trouble). With the end of the cold war, it has lost its raison d’être; influential senators think that it should close up shop. At the very least, its budget may actually be looked at by some of its appointed watchdogs or by one or two crusading journalists. Because I am an old-left supporter of big government, I realize that I will have to come to its defense. All those jobs can’t be lost to the public sector. The spies and “operatives” who work in the field (on the left, we have always been in favor of the field, where theory gets practiced); the managers and controllers of the spies and “operatives”; the public relations people who make up all the cover stories; and the financial experts who hide the expenses: there must be something useful they can do.

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Duggan | University of California Press Gardels