Friday, May 19, 2006

General Hayden

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From his comments to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, a few points on why we need this man, right now.

On why the CIA still holds a unique role in the Intelligence Community:
“CIA's role as the community leader in human intelligence and as an enabler for technical access, in all-source analysis, and in elements of research and development, not to mention its worldwide infrastructure, underscore the interdependency between CIA and the rest of the Community.”

On what the President and Congress may expect from the Director, CIA:
“when it comes to "speaking truth to power," I will lead CIA analysts by example. I will -- as I expect every analyst will -- always give our nation's leaders the best analytic judgment.”

On the politics of Intelligence:
“Respectfully, senators, I believe that the intelligence business has too much become the football in American political discourse. Over the past few years, the intelligence community and CIA have taken an inordinate number of hits, some of them fair, many of them not. Yes, there have been failures, but there have also been many great successes. We will do our lessons learned studies, and I will keep the committee fully informed on that. But I also believe that it is time to move past what seems to be an endless picking apart of the "archaeology" of every past intelligence "failure" and "success." CIA officers, dedicated as they are to serving their country honorably and well, deserve recognition of their efforts. And they also deserve not to have every action analyzed, second-guessed, and criticized on the front pages of the newspapers. Accountability is one thing -- and we will have it -- but true accountability is not served by inaccurate, harmful, and illegal public disclosures. I will draw a clear line between what we owe the American public by way of openness and what must remain secret in order for us to continue doing our jobs as charged. CIA needs to get out of the news -- as source or subject -- and focus on protecting the American people by acquiring secrets and providing high-quality all-source analysis.”

8 comments:

smh1012 said...

I guess in a nutshell what this means is if you are a leaker past or present you should watch your back.

General Hayden is an excellent choice for this position and the dems once again look very weak through their questioning.

Should be very interesting to watch the vote on confirmation.

SCGeeCheeGirl said...

The General needs to get confirmed asap and start cleaning house!

Republicanpundit said...

Leakers beware, a new sherrif is in town!!!

Republicanpundit

Anonymous said...

DJ, I agree he should be confirmed.

However, he should agree to retire from the USAF prior to going to Langley.

He is holding down an O-10 position in the USAF and a retirement would free up a lot of slots for promotion.

He is maxed out in his retirement right now so there is zero to gain in uniform.

His current USAF position is terminal and he will be retired out anyway in a couple years.

Plus if he retires, that can be a bone to the dems.

Oak Leaf

FedUp said...

It was fun watching Gen. Hayden during his hearing. He maintained his composure, answered brilliantly, and the Dems just looked foolish.

Interesting mix of posts by the way.

smh10 said...

Off Topic but maybe of interest to others here..Alexander McClure has his first post up at Redstate this afternoon.

Nice to see all of these individuals doing well!

JAINPHX said...

I watched with astonishment as old leaker Ron Wyden questioned his credibility.Do these people have any shame,also Rockafeller had a bad back does any one believe that.

owl said...

Loved this.... And they also deserve not to have every action analyzed, second-guessed, and criticized on the front pages of the newspapers. Accountability is one thing -- and we will have it -- but true accountability is not served by inaccurate, harmful, and illegal public disclosures.