“Legacy of Ashes sets ut to show how it has come to pass that the United States now lacks the intelligence it will need in the years ahead.”
“I hope it may serve as a warning. No republic in history has lasted longer than three hundred years, and this nation may not long endure as a great power unless it finds the eyes to see things as they are in the world. That once was the mission of the Central Intelligence Agency.”
“Espionage seeks to know the world. That was Richard Helms. Covert action seeks to change the world. That would be Frank Wisner.”
“It was a global money-laundering scheme that stayed secret until well after the cold war ended. Where the plan flourished in Europe and in Asia, so would American spies. 'We'd look the other way and give them a little help,' said Colonel R. Allen Griffin, who ran the Marshall Plan's Far East division. 'Tell them to stick their hand in our pocket.'”
“He (Bedell Smith) believed that the business of the CIA was to guard the nation against military surprise. But the agency had misread every global crisis of the past year: the Soviet atom bomb, the Korean War, the Chinese invasion.”
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