Security shouldn't wait on elections What others say

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2004

Why, at this time of repeatedly proclaimed peril, is the most important office in our national intelligence apparatus in the hands of an acting director?

Former CIA Director George Tenet officially left the position on July 7.

The argument for waiting until after the election is primarily twofold: First, were President George W. Bush to put forward a nominee now, the antagonistic political climate might result in congressional deadlock until after November anyway; second, should Democratic nominee-presumptive John Kerry win, he has said he will reorganize the CIA and create a directorate of national intelligence that might absorb the current top spy job.

If the national security is as imperiled as a different ranking member of the Bush administration each week says it is, there is no excuse for delaying on political grounds.

And, should Kerry prevail, that situation can be addressed then.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer - July 15

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