Were they caught with their pants down? With Russia’s 2016 election interference now widely accepted, some argue that American counterintelligence needs an overhaul. Among the alleged deficiencies is a communications gap: The U.S. government failed to warn the public it was being trolled by Russian disinformation and propaganda. Critics also argue that there’s insufficient vetting of political newcomers with suspected foreign contacts. But before those issues can be addressed, the first step is acknowledging the intelligence failures of the past — which might be easy if not for highly charged partisan resistance.