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Not a crystal ball

Reader comment on item: William Quandt's Embarrassing Memo

Submitted by Chris (Egypt), Nov 5, 2012 at 02:47

Wow, that's harsh. He makes a preliminary analysis of a situation and it turns out to be wrong, so BAM, suddenly that makes him incompetent. ...

He's not a crystal ball and you shouldn't expect him to be able to predict the future with 100% accuracy. This was one view within the government; I'm sure there were other people with other views. That's why the government has a lot of people working for it; so they can get a variety of view points. His argument was well thought out and there were a number of good points and good policy recommendations. Besides, his scenario was certainly a possibility with which the United States should have been prepared to deal.

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