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A tale of two ‘massive’ U.S. intelligence failures

In this July 28 file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo during their meeting in Tianjin, China.
FPI / August 26, 2021


It is evident from the Taliban's quick takeover of Afghanistan and China's uninterrupted drive for world supremacy that the United States has suffered unforgivable intelligence failures, the former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said.

“The debacle in Afghanistan is a stark and frightening example of a massive intelligence failure of our country’s entire governing elite,” Pete Hoekstra, a onetime Michigan Republican congressman who recently served as U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, noted in an article published last week by the Gatestone Institute think tank.

China, too, represents a major intelligence and policy failure for the United States, Hoekstra noted.

“For 20 years, we have been acting as if engagement with China would eventually solve our China problem,” he stated.

“The ongoing Uyghur genocide, the hostile takeover of Hong Kong, the persecution of Tibetans, Christians, Falun Gong and other religious minorities reveal that China‘s totalitarian dictatorship has only become more ruthless,” said Hoekstra, noting what he said was the regime’s cover-up of Covid-19 as well.

“China continues to steal intellectual property wherever and whenever it can,” he said. “It continues to infiltrate our colleges and universities with spies disguised as students and professors, and thereby to gain access to invaluable academic and scientific research. The warning signs have been flashing for years. It has taken willful blindness not to see them.”

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