Sound decisions regarding National Security can only be made on the basis of good information and a thorough understanding of those who might wish us harm.
That's why Jeff Stein's Op-Ed reporting answers from Washington counter-terrorism officials to the question "Can you tell a Sunni from a Shiite?" are so disturbing. Here's a quote:
As I keep asking it around Capitol Hill and the agencies, I get more and more blank stares. Too many officials in charge of the war on terrorism just don't care to learn much, if anything, about the enemy we're fighting. And that's enough to keep anybody up at night.