So I’m reading this article in the New York Times about the shakeups in the CIA, and a question crystallizes in my mind that’s been there for months… Wasn’t the Director of Central Intelligence roughly equivalent to this “National Intelligence Director” that they’re proposing, and couldn’t a small alteration of the job description meet the 9/11 Commission’s reccommendations??? What’s up with that???
From the CIA’s website:
The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Truman. The National Security Act charged the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) with coordinating the nationâ€™s intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating and disseminating intelligence which affects national security.
Seems like a no-brainer to me, this National Intelligence Director thing is an attempt to un-do what the old party did and/or re-do it with the current administration’s stamp (funny how much of a tradition that is).
Speaking of liking to “do” things, Mr. Goss is a real winner, all sarcasm intented. Take a look at this:
The report did not mention Ms. Miscik by name, but it criticized the intelligence directorate’s leadership and senior managers, among other things, for devoting too much time and attention to providing updates for policy makers, thus “squandering scarce analytic resources that could be put to better use.”
Because, of course, there’s no need to keep the policy arm of the Bush administration informed.