The nomination of retired Vice Admiral John Michael "Mike" McConnell to be Director of National Intelligence is part of an effort by the Vice President to tighten the Administration’s grip on domestic intelligence and grease the wheels for a more aggressive stance towards Iran, current and former intelligence officials believe…
“McConnell will go along with whatever [Cheney tells him to do] and make sure that no objective [National Intelligence Estimate on Iran] comes out,” one former senior intelligence officer said…
… President Reagan’s Director of Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council from 1984-1987 and onetime CIA counterterror chief Vincent Cannistraro called the nomination “a disaster.”
…“McConnell’s not an effective manager,” said former CIA officer Larry Johnson. “He will be likely to acquiesce to White House pressure on issues.”
Johnson called McConnell “Rummyesque.”
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