Obama’s Intelligence Braintrust

Laura Rozen has a rundown of Barack Obama’s intellligence braintrust over at Mother Jones. As Laura points out, the question of intelligence reform has been a “stealth topic” so far during the campaign, and while some of her sources argue that’s appropriate for such a vital, bipartisan issue, I’m glad to see some discussion of it. I’m also impressed by the kind of broad dialogue Obama is commissioning to address the problems the Bush administration’s approach to politicizing intelligence has created. Of course, listening to a broad spectrum of opinions doesn’t make the final decision any less political. But at least you get the impression that the political decision will be based on the merits of the intelligence, as opposed to the merits of the intelligence being based on the political decision.