I’m sure by now you’ve all heard that the new appointment to head DNI was a firm WMD believer, and if you haven’t, Jonathan Scwarz basically sums up everything you need to know.
I did find out two new bits of information from this NY Times piece:
The man President Obama chose last week to be director of national intelligence, Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., argued in April against increasing the authority of the office as envisioned in pending legislation, Congressional aides said Tuesday.
In an April 28 memorandum to members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, General Clapper listed several reasons, Congressional and administration aides said.
General Clapper’s views are likely to be a major flashpoint during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, the committee’s top Democrat and Republican, have repeatedly said the national intelligence director needs greater authority to effectively oversee the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies.***
One of General Clapper’s biggest supporters in the Obama administration is Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a former C.I.A. director who brought the general back into government after he was forced out after clashing with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
HE doesn’t want to expand DNI and he hates Rumsfeld- I suppose both of those work in his favor in my mind.