January 13, 2010 12:17 PM

Commentary: Let's not become our own worst enemy

Everyone should take a deep breath and stop flapping about the "failure" to identify Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a likely terrorist. What went wrong — and what's gone right? Intelligence analysis is more than putting the pieces together in one puzzle. It's more like working on many puzzles simultaneously, and then deciding which puzzle and which piece of that puzzle should take precedence.

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