The burden of proof

The journalist Thomas Powers writes frequently and with insight on intelligence issues. He is, for example, the author of a good book on former CIA director Richard Helms, The Man Who Kept the Secrets. In other words, although he is a liberal, he is the kind of liberal from whom it is possible to learn something. Yesterday the Boston Globe carried his article on the WMD controversy. The article is best one I have seen from the perspective of a presumed critic of the administration: “Burdened by proof.” Unfortunately, the article is silent on the conundrums raised by the thesis that the failure to locate the WMD to date is the result of their nonexistence.

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