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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Can-Do Attitude

Writing on the origins of intelligence services in the U.S., Weiner notes (p. 519):

"When Rusk [i.e., future Secretary of State Dean Rusk] tried to organize a Burmese-language unit for [the intelligence section of] the army [in 1941], 'we looked around the United States for a native Burman . . . . We finally found one and we looked him up and he was in an insane asylum. Well, we fished him out of the insane asylum and made a Burmese language instructor out of him.' "

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