Failures of intelligence, the leaking of our secrets (Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times)
In a sense, Bill Gertz is sui generis among Washington reporters who write about national security affairs. For one thing, he does not rely upon for-background-only whispers from anonymous sources. Most of what he writes, as Washington Times readers have come to appreciate, is supported by documentary proof. Further, Mr. Gertz eschews becoming buddy-buddy with his sources on the social circuit in Georgetown and elsewhere. Instead, he is more apt to kick the stuffing out of persons about whom he writes.
Mr. Gertz also has the knack of mustering cold, driving rage about the situations he covers — a rage that fortunately he saves for books such as “Enemies,” rather than venting in his objective newspaper reporting. His disgust is well summarized in the subtitle. And even someone who is reflexively friendly towards intelligence and law enforcement agencies must feel appalled at Mr. Gertz’s account of sweeping incompetence by the men and women who are paid good salaries to protect important secrets.