Wednesday :: Jan 7, 2009

George Bush Center for Intelligence

by eriposte

Since there seems to be, um, a bit of umbrage over the Panetta pick for DCI, I should add one more thing following my previous post.

Remember President George H. W. Bush?

He was a Congressman initially and the only House Committee he was on was Ways and Means. He was appointed Ambassador to the UN by President Nixon, and then appointed head of the Republican National Committee. After that Gerald Ford appointed Bush "Chief of the US Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China" and then in 1976 appointed him Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).

He served in this role for 355 days, from January 30, 1976 to January 20, 1977. [20] The CIA had been rocked by a series of revelations, including those based on investigations by Senator Frank Church's Committee regarding illegal and unauthorized activities by the CIA, and Bush was credited with helping to restore the agency's morale. [21]

Today, the headquarters of the CIA, in Langley, carry the name "George Bush Center for Intelligence". He had minimal "intelligence" experience prior to this role.

To its credit, the NYT article points out that "Intelligence experts say there is no strict formula for success: some career intelligence officers have proved to be dismal as directors, while others have succeeded; some outsiders have proved to be prescient, effective leaders, while others have found it impossible to impose authority over what remains an insular and secretive agency" and provides some examples.

It's very clear that the Feinstein/Rockefeller/anonymous SSCI Democrats/anonymous CIA officials concern trolling is nothing more than a power play and a reaction based on a fear of change and a fear of Panetta overturning some unpleasant rocks. I hope President-Elect Sen. Obama and Vice-President-Elect Sen. Biden don't roll over for this Village show.

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