Spymaster departs amid intelligence controversy
The New York Times reports on the "strained relationship between the White House and the departing spymaster Dennis C. Blair" ...
In recent months, Mr. Blair had also made a push to rein in covert activities carried out by the C.I.A., reflecting his view that the United States had become too enamored over stealth activities.
He even developed rules to guide policy makers before they approved a covert action. Among them were guidelines that covert activity should never be employed “for the purpose of circumventing a lack of U.S. public support for any particular overt policy,” according to one American official.
Officials said that some in the White House and C.I.A. bristled at Mr. Blair’s efforts to exert greater oversight over covert action. The reaction, they said, puzzled Mr. Blair, who had thought he had been given a degree of authority over these activities.
Seems to me, some oversight of covert operations would be a good idea ... apparently, the powers that be don't agree.
Ray McGovern offers more insight into Blair's departure in an article entilteld Dirty Linen Gets Intel Chief Fired ...
An incompetent manager? Seems so. But Blair also demonstrated a strain of integrity. And that can often be the kiss of death in Official Washington.