Congress Gives Negroponte Two Thumbs Down
Finally, bi-partisan consensus - Negroponte sucks.
Representatives Peter Hoekstra, Republican of Michigan, and Jane Harman, Democrat of California, [are afraid] that Negroponte, the overseer of U.S. spy agencies, is creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers that exist in the world.I wonder how much they withheld. Probably, pittance - just grandstanding for November.
In an April 6 report, the intelligence committee warned that Negroponte's office could end up not as a streamlined coordinator, but as "another layer of large, unintended and unnecessary bureaucracy." The committee withheld part of Negroponte's budget request until he persuaded members he had a workable plan.
[But,] Negroponte strongly defended his record.At $44-billion-a-year (!!!), one year is plenty.
"I don't see us as another bureaucratic layer at all," he said. "What's changed is that for the first time, there's a high- ranking official in charge of managing the intelligence community."
[The office has] "about 100 tasks to do," and added: "We've just gotten started. A year is not a long time."
"I don't think we have a lot to show yet for the intelligence reform," said Mark Lowenthal, a former top CIA official and congressional intelligence staff member. "What's their vision for running the intelligence community? My sense is there's a huge hunger for leadership that's not being met.". . .Who's she kidding?
"At the agencies, officers are telling me, 'All we got is another layer,'" he said.
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"The title is director, not ambassador," Harman said. "The skill sets are very different. The goal is not to grow a bureaucracy."