JOHN BRENNAN: from Terrorist/Counterterrorist: appoint him DCI ASAP!
As much as I have criticized John for all of his nefarious deeds over twenty-five years as a station chief and as a senior advisor to Clinton, Bush Jr, and Obama , I feel for the very reasons that I have criticized him that he will make an excellent DCI [Director of The CIA].
WHAT? Have I fallen on my head? or has MK Ultra a residual effect on me?
Not exactly. Remember, I have always believed that my enemy, be he a former terrorist or miscreant, can always make a better leader of a criminal or miscreant organization.
What do I mean?
When President FDR wanted to appoint the first Chairman of the SEC, he looked around and appointed the most crooked, sophisticated trader on Wall Street, who had made an absolute fortune by shorting stocks during the Depression—Joseph Kennedy, a mobster and sophisticated financier but he was an excellent SEC Chairman. Or take Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida…..great example of it takes a crook to know a crook- Scott paid a massive fine for medicare fraud now he's governor of a state of crooks, and doing a good job.
Recently I did a podcast (coming soon, needs to be pretty’d up) on the current President of Uruguay Jose Mujica who was one of the toughest terrorists I had ever encountered [Tupamaros] and now turns out to be one of the most humble, effective Presidents that Uruguay has ever had.
What the dysfunctional CIA needs now is not someone from the outside—like my favorite candidate General Petraeus. The clash between military discipline and CIA ‘loosey-goose’ culture is larger than the span of the Grand Canyon.
So from a very practical point of view, President Obama made a very clever and appropriate choice in selecting a John Brennan, born and bred of the CIA---conversant with all aspects of DO, DI and field experience, management of large organizations, and most importantly of all--- he knows where all the ‘skeletons are buried’.
In an organization built on lies, betrayals and duplicity, one needs someone who has navigated the travails of this most torturous of organizations.
The CIA Directors whom I have known or respected have included Richard Helms, Bill Colby, William Casey, Robert Gates, and now it’s time to see how John Brennan does.
He certainly follows in their tradition of initiating covert operations, maintaining secrecy and over-riding ‘rogue’ operations.
Remember, the most important element to run the CIA is what President General Eisenhower once said to DCI Allen Dulles: “You need a certain kind of genius to run the CIA”.
Good luck! We will be watching.