Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Does Hayden Salute Czar or Don?

When it comes to the appointment of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to head the CIA, it's not so much about who he is, but who he will view as his Daddy.

There is a power struggle between the new intelligence director, John Negroponte, and our Generally-criticized Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

And, although Negroponte is the intelligence czar and his CIA is supposed to manage spy operations, Rumsfeld has staked out his own "human intelligence" operation in the Defense Department. Unlike his usual "slimmed-down" approach to the military, Rumsfeld's intelligence gathering is a growing, hungry bureaucy threatening to eat Negroponte's intelligence lunch.

Although Negroponte by law oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, he is frustrated at his progress in managing the agencies under Rumsfeld's jurisdiction.

So.... the fact that Hayden is a General blurs the lines. In this intelligence tug-of-war Hayden sits in a pivitol position, one that will leave either Negroponte or Rumsfeld holding a slack rope.

You'll hear lots of Congressional posturing about Hayden's experience, wrong man or right man for the job. .... but what it really boils down to is, who gets the final Hayden intelligence salute?

The Czar or the Don.

1 comment:

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