The report details over a dozen major U.S. intelligence failures over the last decade or so vis-a-vis China’s military improvements. That’s not the big deal.
What is scary is the blamestorming that has begun, with some blaming poor collection (a common complaint about the U.S. intelligence community,) and others, more ominously, are blaming a small coterie of China Hands in the community who ostensibly hid these developments in order to curry favor with China.
This is a dangerous accusation. We’re sliding into McCarthy territory here, regardless of whatever may have motivated the reports authors. It stretches credulity to believe that such a conspiracy existed – and it will be miserably difficult to prove.
In the meantime, the U.S.’s ability to monitor China will take a hit as the analysts andcollectors spend more time worrying about saving their jobs than doing them.