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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pulitzer Winner: Bill Clinton Decimated the CIA

Remember author James Risen? He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book "State of War" which revealed the supposedly "illegal" wire-tapping of American citizens by the Bush administration. His bosses at the New York Times were ecstatic over that revelation. They haven't show the same enthusiasm for another of Risen's findings. From NewsMax:
Upon taking power in 1993, Risen reports, the Clinton administration "began slashing the intelligence budget in search of a peace dividend, and Bill Clinton showed almost no interest in intelligence matters."
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"Over a three-or-four-year period in the early-to-mid 1990s," reports Risen, "virtually an entire generation of CIA officers - the people who had won the Cold War - quit or retired. One CIA veteran compared the agency to an airline that had lost all of is senior pilots . . . "

After Clinton CIA Director John Deutch cashiered several senior officers over a scandal in Guatamala, the situation got even worse.

"Morale [at the CIA] plunged to new lows, and the agency became paralyzed by an aversion to high-risk espionage operations for fear they would lead to political flaps. Less willing to take big risks, the CIA was less able to recruit spies in dangerous places such as Iraq."

So, much of the "bad" intel can be traced back to...Bill Clinton's arrogrant bumbling, and shouldn't be blamed on his successor. It seems that right from get-go, Clinton was more interested in his "legacy" than actually "protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States." Too bad he wasn't worried about his "legacy" - or the good of the nation - while he was playing hide the cigar with Monica. Oh, one other priceless piece of info from the book:
Frustrated by restrictions that made dealing with the big challenges too difficult, the agency turned its energy to lesser problems. Reports Risen: "Thanks to Vice President Al Gore, for example, the CIA briefly made the global environment one of is priorities."
Sweet Lord Jesus!

6 comments:

Anonymous 4/20/2006 03:48:00 PM  

A gay conservative in the year 2006, that's cute. It might be a reasonable idea if the Republican party had not been hijacked by the Jesus freaks and Neocons. I hope you vote for your own best interest because it will be for a Democrat.

Kevin 4/20/2006 03:58:00 PM  

Aw shucks, I'm blushing; do you really think I'm cute?

Shawmut 4/21/2006 11:20:00 PM  

Early in Clinton's first term some yahoo crashed a plane on The White House lawn. Word quickly got around DC that it was Jim Wolsey, Director, Central Intelligence, (DCI), trying to get in to see the President.
The contempt Bill Clinton and his ilk have for the intelligence community is exceeded only by that which they have for the general decency.
Wolsey was lucky if he had more than one meeting with Clinton from his appointment to ultimately leaving CIA out of frustration.
John Deutsch, his successor was no friend of the CIA just out of his philosophy. He came over after serving as Deputy Defense Secretary. Pretty much a guy who could brighten up a room just by leaving it, this dullard brought along as his Deputy DCI a rampaging amazon who played the PC/feminist cards from the bottom of the deck each chance she had. She decimated the talent and good men and women, professional, committed, and well trained career-intelligence officers, just walked out. It was one of the lowest points in CIA history apart from the Church Committee Hearings in the mid 70s. Neither of them had any experience or appreciaton for the "trade". It was a place to prosecute PC (Philosophical Constipation), the intelligence apparatus meant nothing to them. Deutsch was 'capon consort' to his deputy.
George Tenet never made his bones in the field. He came from the ranks of congressional staffers (Democratic bureaucrats) via a couple of years spent on Clinton's National Security Council under Tony "Flakey" Lake. Clinton was so indifferent to what the DCI was up to that Tenet was allowed to surface in the Middle East on his own his self-ordained diplomatic missions. Tenet, famed for his "slam dunk" imprimatur for the attack on Iraq should have been out the door months before September 11th, 2001.
Who might have been the DCI who allowed Valerie Plame's husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson,(Retired), to double-dip with his junket to Niger?
Who was DCI when leaks started their drip?
George Tenet, that's who.
Holding him over was akin to weakening the patient so the cancer might thrive. It made no sense.
Clinton, like Carter with Stansfield Turner (another Rhodes Scholar with no intelligence experience), picked the worst DCI's of current time. And I believe it was out of spite for something he would never be able to grasp.
I could ramble back to the appointment of Admiral Raborn by Johnson, who seven years into the Sino-Soviet Split asked, "Think we should look into it?"
CIA is a chess piece that has been moved around the board on political whims since the mid-60's.
Even today, 2006, the emergence of a National Intelligence Directorate is little more than evidence the intelligencne community is the prime hostage on the "Hill".

Kevin 4/22/2006 12:12:00 AM  

We need a Section 31.

InstantMagic 4/22/2006 03:05:00 AM  

Gay Conservative: You and others like you are MY TRUE HEROES. Along with our brave men in uniform. Bravo to you, for knowing the truth despite the liberal media, shoving garbage down the throats of Americans.
I think your cute too, but better than that you have brains. A lethal combo.
I'm not flirting by calling you a HERO.
I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW. btw/ You might not look half bad in a certain superhero's red cape! LOL!

Willwng 4/23/2006 02:47:00 PM  

"I think your cute too, but better than that you have brains."

No, best of all, QC has a MOUTH!

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