"The agency seems to have barely stayed ahead of news outlets as events unfolded..."
Hardly surprising, seeing the news outlets had 20 times the budget and 10 times as many feet on the street. The comparative failure of the news outlets seems greater than the intelligence agencies.
You are right, Rabbi, he should have invaded Egypt to orchestrate a regime change years ago. That would have made the Egyptians love us.
Failing invasion, he could have publicly told Mubarak to go at the very first demonstration by more than six people. That would convince all US allies that American can be trusted and stands by those who have helped the USA.
Only 20-20 hindsight can tell you when to jump on the next bandwagon - those who operate on intellect, as opposed to emotion, tend to think the hind-sighters a bit silly and self-serving..
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.