Legacy of ashes: the history of the Central Intelligence Agency / by Tim Weiner. — 1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 1. United States. Central Intelligence. Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes is not the definitive history of the. Central Intelligence Agency. (CIA) that it purports to be. Nor is it the well. Doubleday, pages. Notes and index. Nicholas Dujmovic Legacy of Ashes is not the definitive history of the CIA that it purports to be. Tim Weiner's.
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Ashes implies destruction, which is appropriate to the description of the CIA's overthrow of Arbenz in Guatemala, Mossadegh in Iran, its part in the assassination of Diem in Viet Nam, and the overthrow of Allende in Chile, among others.
The perverse legacy of the CIA includes many "achievements," such as the support of the pusillanimous and megomaniacal Shah of Iran, the pathetic and larcenous Chiang Kai Shek and his parasitic wife, and innumerable fascistic regimes including the Greek colonels, Duvalier in Haiti, the Argentine junta, the neo-fascist right it Italy, and numerous drug lords in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
The poisonous effects of these regimes have had much more deleterious long-term effects on the interests of the United States than the ashes of destruction suggested by President Eisenhower in his ultimate assessment of the CIA.
More pathetically, the CIA has very seldom been able to provide the kind of analysis and assessments to inform and rationalize foreign policy that it was created in large part to provide. Hardcover Verified download.
Difficult read, but really rewarding. First of all, it is just important information to know and you can learn a lot from it. Also, it puts a lot of familiar names and half memories into context, becoming a mother lode of information. Definitely worth the time, including going over the end notes. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Additional Information. If CIA had had no other success in its history, the Agency deserves more credit than Weiner allows for keeping the Cold War from becoming a hot war, presumably a nuclear war. In the book, Weiner gives the Agency no credit on this point. Other successes Weiner obscures or otherwise marginalizes. Many of these assertions he even undermines in his subsequent narrative.
A few pages later, however, Weiner tells how Truman gave the first director of central intelligence a black hat, a cloak, and a wooden dagger—which make for a pointless joke if all Truman wanted was a classified version of the New York Times. In Michael Warner, ed.
A Circle of Incompetents? Frank Wisner, a passionate and driven man who led covert operations for many years, comes in for especially rough treatment. Reading on, one finds that both State and Defense were pressing Wisner to expand covert action programs in , that the Joint Chiefs of Staff ordered him to undertake covert operations against the USSR, and that all such operations were authorized by George Kennan at State. Wisner is lambasted for doing too much—except during the East German riots, when Weiner chastizes him for doing nothing.
Weiner asserts that Agency officers consistently misunderstood the world and communicated that misunderstanding to US presidents, who then reacted by ordering the CIA to conduct covert actions in order to change the world to their liking. This thesis is unsupportable from the historical record. Other commentators Walter Laqueur, Angelo Codevilla, e. For example, the analysts were completely cut out of deliberations before the Bay of Pigs, and they could have told the operators that there was no potential for an anti-Castro uprising that the operation was intended to foment.
That judgment would come as a surprise to several generations of analysts in the Directorate of Intelligence, especially those who delivered unexpected or unwelcome assessments to various administrations on China, Soviet strategic intentions and capabilities, Vietnam, the Balkans, and more recently on terrorism and Iraq. Labelling him as an ineffectual leader, Weiner gives him no credit for trying, as a lowly rear admiral in Washington, to lead this new venture called Central Intelligence.
In an apparent rush to condemn Agency covert action, Weiner curiously fails to give Hillenkoetter credit for trying to keep the Agency out of it. This is a wrong-headed view of a president who in had served on the Rockefeller Commission investigating intelligence activities and who had drafted for his own delivery, from to , radio addresses on national security matters that included cogent discussions about CIA and intelligence issues. Sourcing Sins of Omission and Commission Just as he fails to provide context or alternative plausible explanations, Weiner, like a prosecutor in a trial, pulls from his source material only that which supports his perspective.
Intelligence estimators can hardly commit a more abominable sin. The one Korean War internal history that has been released and available to Weiner speaks of many successful missions into North Korean territory, mostly to gather intelligence but also to destroy infrastructure and to kill enemy combatants.
With respect to analysis during the Korean War, Weiner is not completely up front either. Thus, the stage has been set for some form of Chinese Communist intervention or participation in the Korean War….
In any case, some form of armed assistance to the North Koreans appears imminent. No holds barred. Weiner also points to an RFE broadcast that predicted the United States would come to the aid of Hungarian freedom fighters, without acknowledging that the broadcaster was doing a press review after the Soviet invasion and was quoting—by name—a London Observer editorial, and that even so this was a violation of RFE policy, or that this was the sole example of an implicit hint of assistance in two weeks of continuous broadcasting to Hungary.
How could we get it so wrong, especially after years of U-2 coverage? The errors of fact in Legacy of Ashes are numerous and of the kind that a half-way diligent graduate student would spot.
Weiner failed both to correctly read his secondary source and to check primary sources. This should be considered a success, but Weiner uses it as an occasion to ridicule the Agency.
CIA, in fact, did not support that statement. Weiner gets better during the period when he started covering intelligence as a reporter. Getting Simple Facts Wrong The errors of fact in Legacy of Ashes are numerous and of the kind that a half-way diligent graduate student would spot.