“We don’t have to talk about that, nor should anyone who wants to go into public office. So what we see with current debates and discussions about covert operations, specifically against Iran or other potential nations or entities, should be eliminated. That needs to stop,” said retired Army intelligence general James Marx, who thought it was a bad idea for candidates to talk so openly about secret actions.
The Republican contenders have spoken candidly about the surreptitious operations occurring in the country. Mitt Romney, for instance, said he’d “work on a covert basis to encourage the dissidents,” Herman Cain added he would “assist the opposition movement in Iran that’s trying to overthrow the regime,” and Newt Gingrich has mentioned “taking out their scientists, including breaking up their systems. All of it covertly, all of it deniable.”
“Intelligence experts tell us one of the major reasons to not talk about this stuff,” reported Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, “is you might inadvertently, one of these candidates, step on an ongoing operation if let’s say one was underway.”
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