Thursday, April 28, 2011

War Games

Intelligence watchers are up in arms over Petraeus's nomination to head the CIA:
From this morning's Washington Post article: "Gen. David H. Petraeus has served as commander in two wars launched by the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. If confirmed as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Petraeus would effectively take command of a third -- in Pakistan."
That assessment seems a bit hyperbolic but I can't deny that the Pentagon has been conducting a determined encroachment into the Intelligence arena for the past decade. Unfortunately, judging from the reports of returning officers, even when the CIA's paramilitary teams were blessed with some Pentagonian/Department of Defense acronym and sent out into the field, they were not always well-received by Service Special forces at the front lines..

I don't think  that putting the good general into a bureaucrat's job is the right fix for this type of operational turf war. But more importantly, if Petraeus's nomination is approved then who shall have the job of saying no to Caesar?

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