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Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria

Said the president: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. … [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.” This dire warning about the propensity of the Central Intelligence Agency to go rogue did not come from Trump, but rather Harry S. Truman. Truman’s call to “limit the CIA role to intelligence” was published in December 22, 1963 by the Washington Post (WaPo). The same newspaper is now decrying President Trump’s decision to “end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.” The move is a good one. The WaPo threw Russia into the reportorial mix purely to sully President Trump, and due to… Keep Reading

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