Monday, May 08, 2006

The New CIA Director.

Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden will be nominated for CIA Director this morning by President Bush.

The nomination is not being well received by the people that don't believe the military should be running civilian organizations.

We've had a long history of a clear divide between the military and civilian government responsibilities. But you really can't expect the intellectually lazy Bush to understand this. Bush relies on his own experience of, if you have the money, the connections and the power, you can pretty much do as you want. The Republicans especially should know this, as they have been enabling him to run the country based on these principles for years.

Hayden will be nominated and he will be approved and Bush will get his way.

This in no way reflects badly on Gen. Hayden, he will certainly be an improvement on Tenent and Goss.

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence panels raised
serious concerns about Gen. Michael V. Hayden on the eve of his expected
nomination today as CIA director, with Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) calling him
"the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time."

But wait, there's more. This might have quite a bit to do with the power struggle that's going on between the Rumfeld's Pentagon and the CIA.

The low morale and exodus of senior officers during the brief
and stormy tenure of Porter Goss as head of the CIA masks a bitter power
struggle over control of intelligence between the agency and the Pentagon. The
defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, is making aggressive moves to expand the
Pentagon's role in intelligence-gathering in the US's so-called war on terror.
The Special Operations Command has now assumed the leading role in the
activities associated with the "war on terror", and clandestine military teams
have been deployed around the world to gather intelligence and mount operations.
The Pentagon now has the authority to deploy teams without informing resident US

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