During tonight's meet-up about The Looming Tower
by Lawrence Wright, I had mentioned a discussion between the author and Steve Coll (the author of a book about America's adventure into the Afghan jihad, Ghost Wars
) in Slate
(the online magazine). As I only half-remembered some of it, I had promised to pass it on via email.
There were some interesting issues and stories there, including Wright's views on the state of the U.S. intelligence apparatus then versus now, and Richard Clarke's anecdote--he was the counterterrorism czar in the National Security Council--illustrating how little importance the CIA seemed to attach to finding Bin Laden prior to 9/11.
The Slate piece is at http://www.slate.com/id/2146654/entry/2146655/
It's four small pages; the first two focus on the jihadis, while the last two focus on the FBI & CIA.
If anyone has a problem accessing it, let me know.
Thanks to Dyutiman for organizing all of this.