Monday, May 08, 2006

Chief Spook

President Bush has selected Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to be the new head of the CIA.

This has caused a lot of teeth gnashing in the Senate and the House. Apparently a lot of people don't think that a military man should be in charge of the civilian intellegence agency.

My question for people who think that is: Why have you not complained about a civilian organization that has and uses drones that shoot hellfire missiles?

Second question is if it is okay with you for a civilian organization to have and use hellfire missiles why can't I have an automatic rifle?

OK, so they aren't deep or insightful questions.

Let me say this instead. The Senate is going to have the opportunity to question General Hayden during his confirmation hearings. Why do they need to do so in the media on the same day his selection was announced? Especially when most of the complaints I have heard seem to be more of the lines of "We don't like him because the President didn't confer with us before picking him." To those complainers I have this to say - "Do you see that big yellow thing up in the sky? That is the Sun. Everything in our solar system revolves around it. Not You! Idiot!"

I think this is a good choice. The CIA needs some shaking up. Obviously the rules have been a little slack around there and some "Whipping into shape" needs to be done. If you want to instill a little discipline into an organization, who better than a four star general.

To my thinking the only question that should be asked of the General during his confirmation hearing should be "What are you going to do to keep us safe, today, tomorrow, and the next 10 years?"

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