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President Obama will nominate James Clapper to The Director for National Intelligence Post….

House Committee Assesses Al-Qaeda Strength

The Dog fells sorry for James Clapper

Who is volunteering for a thankless job that really should back to the CIA Director……

Clapper  has no background with Obama and will be usurped by CIA Director Panneta…..

Who has the personnel and political juice…..

He is former House member from California….

Who has the manpower and political juice…..

Clapper has had a rough time with Congress in the past…..

He might not even make it……

Like a said…..I wouldn’t want to be him….

He gonna get ran over……


In Clapper, the White House has elevated a seasoned intelligence official. The former lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force serves as the under secretary of defense for intelligence and previously held several key positions within the intelligence community including director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

His nomination could face tough partisan opposition in Congress. The prospect of his selection has been drawing fire from vocal GOP critics of the administration’s national security policy, including the senior Republicans on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Rep. Pete Hoesktra (R-Mich.).

“Unfortunately, with his pick in Jim Clapper as the next DNI, the President has ensured our terror-fighting strategy will continue to be run out of the Department of Justice and White House,” Bond said in a statement Friday. “While Jim has served our nation well, he lacks the necessary clout with the President, has proven to be less than forthcoming with Congress, and has recently blocked our efforts to empower the DNI, which is why at this time I’m not inclined to support him.”

Hoekstra has called Clapper “exactly the wrong person” for the DNI job because of his resistance to keeping Congress informed.

Hoesktra also predicted that Clapper would tangle with Congress because he “doesn’t like” providing information during testimony before committees with jurisdiction.

“What I’ve found is that he doesn’t like Congress – you can’t get a straight answer from him when he’s testifying. It’s like pulling teeth. He would be a sharp contrast to Director Blair,” he said.

Hoesktra also has accused Clapper, as well as White House officials, of actively trying to keep critical intelligence information from him.


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  1. Leon Panetta (a former Republican Congressman from Monterey) actually got his start in the Nixon White House.

    Director of National Intelligence (like Secretary of Homeland Security) is an absolutely necessary job, but one that’s almost literally impossible to make work. In both cases, you’re overseeing a congeries of dysfunctional, semi-autonomous, mutually-suspicious and mutually-hostile agencies. You’d have better luck herding cats.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 4, 2010 | Reply

    • The job should go back to the CIA Director…The DNI job is a political bandaid….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am predicting a short shelf life for Clapper

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 4, 2010 | Reply

    • If he even gets confirmed…

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. I favor scrapping Homeland Security

    there is nothing the Bureau cant handle that the Homeland Security does

    and I favor disbanding TSA and returning to PRIVATE contractors

    TSA has failed their GAO reviews several times

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 4, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ll agree on TSA…..

      But Homeland should stay…The FBI has enough on their hands…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. When the CIA was founded in 1947, its director was designated Director of Central Intelligence, with the responsibility of coordinating all the agencies and advising the President. But the CIA became an interest in itself, so there was a conflict of interests, and the much-larger military intelligence operations (who both consumed and produced most of the technical intelligence) would never abide being under the DCI’s authority. Never mind the FBI.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. The FBI is not a real Intel agencies…..They are cops…..They always think in terms of law enforcement…The case….

    Real Intel agencies don’t do that at all….

    The CIA actually runs its own show, has station chiefs and often runs ops with military people…Its problem is it’s a big beauracy that really has one client…

    The President…..

    It tends to get in trouble when it bends things to fit the WH view…..

    It seems to have a successful op running in Pakistan…..so successful that certain people in SOCOM are not happy……

    Clapper is no match for Panatta and CIA….
    I forecast that the job will be left in place as a dumping ground and scapegoat position…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  6. He, he, he…….Yep!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. I see the Senate Republicans are opposed to Clapper

    When that hardy band of Right Wing extremists are against someone thats good enough for me!

    Im FOR Clapper!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  8. Jack check the google and wiki on him……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  9. Clap on ! Clap off !
    The Clapper !!

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  10. The FBI is not a real Intel agencies…..They are cops…..They always think in terms of law enforcement…The case….

    Really I not found this be true from my dealings with FBI agents stationed in Brussels to the ones hanging out in Nassau NY to the ones driving circles in FEDNoVa it was always about INTEL

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  11. Intell to make the collar…….

    Not for the long run?

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  12. Folks ….I’m NOT on the FBI’s case….

    They do what they do very well……

    The end game would be different…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  13. After 9/11 (under the prodding of Atty-Gen. John Ashcroft, who was himself under pressure from the President), the FBI tried to change direction sharply towards counter-intelligence from such dual federal/state crimes as bank robbery, trying to download more of the latter onto the states.

    I don’t know how successful such a change in direction has been, either in execution or in results.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  14. They handle ALL the previous stuff…Plus increased responsibilities after 9/11………

    And ATFE is now under their wing……

    It’s real BIG Plate……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  15. Oh, and DEA…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

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