Powerline gets an email response to their post on a Bill Gertz column concerning the allegation that "U.S. spy agencies failed to recognize several key military developments in China in the past decade"and posts it in Power Line: China: The Rest of the Story. It's great that an informed reader would write such an interesting response. It also points out the highly political nature of even the relatively lower levels of the federal government that are always "spinning" something.
Lessons to be learned? First, never trust "first reports." Second, anything that looks too good or too bad to be true, probably isn't. Third, the "truth is out there" but it hardly ever gets leaked. Or needs to be.