Melvin Goodman

Failure of Intelligence


Melvin Goodman, author of Failure of Intelligence: The Rise and Fall of the CIA, discusses problems with the CIA, how the serial intelligence manipulator Robert Gates was brought in to replace Rumsfeld only after Rumsfeld started talking about withdrawal, the history of distorting intelligence to fit the policy, how the military runs the intelligence apparatus, Congress’s indifference to the Constitutional crisis and our inevitable failures in Iraq and the militarily-led war on terror.

MP3 here. (34:44)

YouTube here.

Mel Goodman was a senior analyst in Soviet affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked for two decades (1966-1986). He later served as a Soviet analyst at the State Department, and he currently is professor of international studies at the National War College and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of three books on Soviet and Russian Affairs: Gorbachev’s Retreat: The End of Superpower Rivalry in the Third World, The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze, and The End of the Cold War.

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  1. Thanks for another great interview, Scott. I’ll have to check out this book as soon as I get a chance.

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