A recent story attacks president Obama regarding the number of face to face briefings he receives and it uses as a criteria a comparison to president Bush.  The assumption, apparently, is that post 9-11, the president shouldn’t have discretion as to the volume of the material he reviews or how he receives it.   This is just more of what Obama correctly termed noise.   The problem with that argument is that for too much time it seems, Bush was swayed by intelligence that was  high on volume and low on substance – partially due to influence of the Office of Policy and the desire  on the part of Cheney to produce something on Saddam.   If  unsubstantiated claims, which were just being repeated and amplified,  had been filtered out, there might not have been much new data to review.   Maybe Obama has a better national security advisor to help sort out the chaff, because volume is not what matters.

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