"Worse, the flow of good information even to the U.S. White House and State Department has largely dried up. This is because the providers of it -- scholars who were actually reading and excerpting transcripts from Arabic, Persian, Turkish -- were successfully demonized as "orientalists" and "neo-conservatives" and successively pushed out of their (typically Pentagon) offices. So that at the highest levels of government in the West, the attitude is now, "We don't want to know."
It is the business of the Pentagon and the State Department to understand the world we live in, and the threats that loom before us. An administration and an entire Western culture that does not seek to know the truth fails its people.