Just got the opening statement Gen. Hayden will deliver in his confirmation hearing today. As with any confirmation statement, it’s cautious. And it isn’t something that will discomfit the CIA bureaucrats. Money quotes:
Over the past few years, the Intelligence Community and CIA have taken an inordinate number of hits, some of them fair, many of them not. Yes, there have been failures, but there also have been many great successes.
…Internally, I would regard it as a leading part of my job to affirm and strengthen the excellence and pride of CIA’s workforce.
This is troubling on any number of levels. Have the failures been balanced by the successes? Hard to see how. “Strenghen the excellence and pride”? How about raising the standard of excellence?
Hayden will be confirmed. But he seems a very unlikely candidate to clean out the Langley version of the Augean Stables.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online