Richard Haas, an American diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Monday there are serious implications if a recent New York Times report suggesting the Obama administration “cooked” intel on the Islamic State turns out to be true.
“I hope it’s not true. I hope it’s not true,” Haas said. “The principle requirement of intelligence analysts is to speak truth to power. It’s not to make them comfortable, it’s to make them smart and aware.”
He continued, “If it is true, it’d be very interesting to know exactly where the pressure is coming from because it’s corrosive. It means you can’t then trust what policy is based on. So it is truly, truly a bad thing if, again, it is true.”