TITLE

Small Change

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;12/13/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 24, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the intelligence reform bill in the United States. As the intelligence reform bill fatally convulsed on the congressional operating table, Pentagon reporters pelted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with pointed questions. Fueled by doubts that Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers had publicly expressed, House Republicans had insisted on diluting the national intelligence director's (NID) budgetary and management authority--preserving the Pentagon's domination of U.S. intelligence and undermining the central purpose of the reform. Given that President George W. Bush had endorsed restructuring the intelligence community shortly after the 9/11 Commission lent its considerable political capital to the idea, even some of his critics came to the conclusion that Bush simply needed to ride herd over the House Republican Party. Instead, Bush's approach to intelligence reform has been guided chiefly by a desire to keep the tools of spycraft firmly in the hands of Pentagon loyalists--and to avoid any political fallout for doing so. Bush pledged his support for the move but did nothing to stop House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay from proposing a bill that would establish a NID with much weaker powers than the Commission wanted.
ACCESSION #
15315272

 

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