I can’t help but wonder if this episode:
Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden’s remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.
Hayden on Sunday said the Senate Intelligence chairwoman may have been motivated by a “deep, emotional feeling” in her move last week to declassify a five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation policies. He concluded the report may not be objective, though the report’s findings have not yet been been made public and Hayden said he hadn’t read it.
isn’t emblematic of a whole mindset in the military and CIA rather than just one of Republicans, as maintained by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The reality is that Sen. Feinstein is the superior of both generals and the CIA and, even more importantly, their patron. If anybody’s going to be condescending, it should be the other way around.
You just don’t treat your patrons that way. It’s as though the CIA thinks that it has some sort of claim on the public purse without any sort of oversight. I can understand how they might think that since that’s more or less the way it’s been throughout the organization’s history but it ain’t necessarily so.