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Truman Was Right About the CIA

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 13, 2017

https://mises.org/blog/truman-was-right-about-cia?_sm_byp=iVV1Z20Fqj2TQV2r

But even if Truman’s homespun honesty and common man persona sometime wore thin, he deserves enormous credit for the startling admission that he regretted creating the CIA. Speaking to a biographer in the 1960s, less than 20 years after signing the National Security Act of 1947, Truman expressed a sense of foreboding about what the agency had become, and would become:

Merle Miller: Mr. President, I know that you were responsible as President for setting up the CIA. How do you feel about it now?
Truman: I think it was a mistake. And if I’d know what was going to happen, I never would have done it.

Truman: But it got out of hand. The fella … the one that was in the White House after me never paid any attention to it, and it got out of hand. Why, they’ve got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I’ve told you, one Pentagon is one too many.

This is the same guy that had no reservations about nuking a beaten Japan twice just to make a point with Russia.

So when he regrets creating the CIA that is saying something.

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