So this is what $44 billion
a year gets you? Perhaps we should consult Livy to relearn the ancient art of augury. It would probably match the results of our intelligence community in the last 7 years. Is Iran pursuing The Bomb? Someone grab a chicken and a knife.
To be fair, the intelligence guys got it right here:
"First," the report said, "State Department and CIA officials attempted to determine what Mr. Ledeen and the DOD representatives had done in Rome, and second, DOD officials debated the next course of action."
When the CIA and the State Department discovered that Ledeen and Ghorbanifar were involved, they opposed any further contact with the two. Ledeen's contacts, the Defense Human Intelligence Service concluded, were "nefarious and unreliable," the Senate committee reported.
It's the DOD and the DIA, as well as the VP's office, of course, that're specifically at fault in this case.