Tuesday :: Mar 7, 2006

Negroponte's Stressful Workday


by Steve

Tell me again, why did we need a Director of Intelligence? Take a look at how stressful John Negroponte’s normal workday is.

On many a workday lunchtime, the nominal boss of U.S. intelligence, John D. Negroponte, can be found at a private club in downtown Washington, getting a massage, taking a swim, and having lunch, followed by a good cigar and a perusal of the daily papers in the club’s library.
"He spends three hours there [every] Monday through Friday," gripes a senior counterterrorism official, noting that the former ambassador has a security detail sitting outside all that time in chase cars. Others say they’ve seen the Director of National Intelligence at the University Club, a 100-year-old mansion-like redoubt of dark oak panels and high ceilings a few blocks from the White House, only “several” times a week.

And why would Negroponte be so relaxed in his approach to his job? Aside from the fact that it is Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney who are the intelligence czars in this administration, the other reason is that Negroponte is irrelevant.

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