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This Man May Become Our New National Intelligence Director

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Posted on Jun 4, 2010
Clapp Jr.
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James R. Clapper Jr., a former Air Force lieutenant general, is shown looking askance in this 2009 photo.

The job that James R. Clapper Jr. may take over from his could-be predecessor, Dennis C. Blair, is not an easy one—in fact, it has been described by insiders as “the second-toughest in Washington,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Yes, Clapper is closing in on the daunting position of our nation’s national intelligence director, which may involve tense interactions with the president along with those pesky national security emergencies, but certain operatives think he may be the man for the job.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

The director does not have operational control over any of the 16 agencies he nominally oversees. The post frequently overlaps with existing intelligence fiefdoms and has little power to overcome those more politically connected agencies. Blair reportedly often lost out to CIA chief Leon E. Panetta and White House security advisor John Brennan in disputes over administrative priorities.

But Defense Department officials said that Clapper has skills to succeed in the post where others have failed and would be able to cajole the various intelligence agencies to work together.

“Clapper’s power is knowing how to work the system, knowing how the intelligence bureaucracy works and effectively managing it,” said a senior Defense Department official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. “That is exactly what this position needs. It doesn’t need a strong personality out there vying with Panetta.”

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

diamond:
It’s obvious you put a lot of deep thought into that post. Keep up the good work.

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Druthers:
Jefferson had very little to do with crafting the Constitution. While the framers were doing the Constitution, Jefferson was doing Sally Hemings.

By the way, would you rather have a completely independent military?

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By diamond, June 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

Another fascist. Perfect.

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By skulz fontaine, June 5, 2010 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

“National Intelligence Director”, oxymoron right?

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By Druthers, June 5, 2010 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

For whaat is left of it, Thomas Jefferson could have spent more time with his family.  Why craft a Constitution that puts the civil President in command of the military?
It was simple -in government the military take orders - they do not give them.  Why?  Look around the world at the military governments.  ABC.

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By samosamo, June 5, 2010 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

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What would be so hard about creating more trilling and exciting
poppycock generating more fear and terror to keep the u.s. and
the world thinking a ‘war on terror’ is necessary with very little
in the way of real evidence that that is what it really is. Besides
the real terrorists are here and in izrael.

Hell, the cia could do a better job by itself, Nation Intelligence
Director, another useless department to support the military
industrial congressional financial complex.

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