Being completely unable to cope with the election of a mild-mannered Queensland Christian to the highest political office in the land, Greg has apparently boarded a rickety craft, fled across the seas, and ended up in a settlement somewhere in Israel.
Having read today’s contribution on the audacity of 16 US national security agencies coming to a consensus that Iran is not a nuclear threat what can one say?
And, might I add, just a single response on his ‘blog’, too? Still, I suppose a token comment is better than nothing.
A few points:
1) If nobody’s responding to Greg’s blog, it’s a fair bet that nobody’s reading Greg’s polemics. In which case his value as an ‘analyst’, or selling newspapers for that matter, seems to be precisely nil. Rupert, please take note. Or the responses have been comprehensively scrubbed.
2) This NIE wasn’t just the CIA being “in semi-open revolt against the Bush administration for years now.”
For Greg’s information, the Estimate was the product of a consensus view between 16 (count ’em!) agencies, doing what they were formed to do, i.e. providing actual intelligence assessments based on evidence and debate instead of political interference.
Yet La Sheridan suggests it shouldn’t be released because the narrative didn’t fit in with George Bush’s world view and it might embarrass him?
3) I don’t think Greg Sheridan is any more of a foreign-policy expert than my pet Staffie. It’s all about ideology and not independent analysis.
About time, I’d say, the Oz gave him a pink slip and a handsome payout so he can collect various pensions from the Sydney Institute and the Australia-America Association in the guise of speaking fees.
Sheridan’s so far past his use-by date he makes Bob Menzies look like a junkie.