Julian E. Barnes

Julian E. Barnes

@julianbarnes

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Intel/NatSec reporter for @nytimes. Ex-WSJ at the Pentagon & in Brussels. Wickr: julianbarnesnyt Signal on request. Stories: https://t.co/fKhM9y59Wu

Washington, DC
Joined on June 24, 2009
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You can read the @NPRKelly interview with @CIA director Burns here: https://t.co/wOHO9tmQee

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Interview alert: Headed to @CIA headquarters this morning to speak with Bill Burns. His first sit-down interview since taking over as CIA director. Part 1 will air today @npratc

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These All star game uniforms are horrible. I can’t decide if the American League blues look like bad cricket uniforms or pajamas.

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An interesting nugget I’d initially missed in this @julianbarnes article: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has created two national intelligence manager posts, one to look at climate change and the other to examine disruptive technology. https://t.co/UKdNonYqch

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Good piece by @julianbarnes on the shifting national security landscape and how the US intelligence community is responding. https://t.co/hs8GICJxH2

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Havana Syndrome, Lab Leak Theory, UFOs. The answers to these intel mysteries don’t just lie in better collection and spy craft. The IC needs to partner better with outside scientists. That work has begun: https://t.co/jl5KyJnSZN

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NSA warns against an ongoing GRU hacking campaign. https://t.co/6Dgvqqv9eR

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After Rumsfeld sat down with The Wall Street Journal, he sent us a note. He said it was his first interview for his own obit since 1963, when he was newly elected to Congress. “I won’t be around to read it,” he wrote, “so swing away.” https://t.co/5ewllL4B0L via @julianbarnes

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Rumsfeld: "You can be helpful, you can provide assistance, you can encourage, you can make arguments, but in the last analysis you’re going to have to take your hand off the bicycle seat.”

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Rumsfeld: “I think you have to have healthy respect for what you’re capable of doing and what you’re not, and each nation has got to build itself, if you will. "

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Rumsfeld: “When the Bush administration started talking about democracy, I was worried that it would be misunderstand. … When we use that word, we mean every country should be like us. Well, I’ve never felt that way.”

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But, that said, there is some utility in the bicycle metaphor: Rumsfeld’s arguments about nation-building, with the hindsight of 20 years, seems right.

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The problem is it turns out that training a military force—one whose members are in a fight that causes casualties every day—is not like riding a bike. To make the training stick, troops must remain, lessons taught and retaught.

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"..."And then you go to two fingers and then you go to one finger, and they might fall, and if they fall they’ll skin their knee, and if you don’t take your fingers off the bicycle seat you’ll end up with a forty-year-old that can’t ride the darn bike.”

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Rumsfeld: “I’m sure you’ve heard me say: Look, if you run around – you’ve got a child, you want to teach them how to ride a bicycle – you run around with them, put your hand on the seat, get them going, and then you go to three fingers..."

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Rumsfeld, in his telling, was arguing for a quick invasion to topple the Taliban or Saddam, quick lessons for the Afghan and Iraqi militaries and then an exit of American troops. In the interview, and plenty of times from the Pentagon podium, Rumsfeld would use a bike metaphor.

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Rumsfeld: “You can do it fast and you can do it effectively, and they can train that way and they can organize that way, you know? That was a gigantic step forward.”

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Rumsfeld argued his big change was to help the Army get away from thinking about divisions to brigades. When I sat down with Rumsfeld, that seemed to me like a lasting change, although today that is not as clear.

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Rumsfeld: "People said to me, 'It’s a shame 9/11 stopped everything' and I said, 'Quite the contrary, 9/11 provided the impetus to get those changes,' which people never really quite understood."

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