Tuesday, May 16, 2006

General Michael Hayden

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida has made a statement broadcast on NPR backing nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA.

I want to say at this juncture that I have always respected Graham's view on a whole lot of things. And the substance of his remarks on General Hayden confirm the directions of my own thinking.

I will post Graham's statement as soon as I can find a text.


  1. Can't find his statement, either.

  2. FWIW:William Arkin relates how General Hayden took a shot at Rumsfeld's Douglas Feith and called Porter Goss' tenure at the CIA, “amateur hour on the top floor."
    Washington Times

  3. Best/biggest quote I can find from Senator Graham:

    I have seen Hayden stand up to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. In the run-up to the Iraq war, there was a very contentious disagreement between the military and the civilian intelligence agencies over the nature of America's satellite architecture. Gen. Hayden favored the position of the civilians for a more nimble and flexible system, and successfully stood down Rumsfeld's wishes for more of the same large and static machines.