The Sorensen Lesson

Burnham, James
February 1977
National Review;2/18/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p199
The article discusses the reasons behind the United States Senate's opposition to the nomination of Theodore Sorensen as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It is opined that the opposition is due to political controversy surrounding the CIA. It is reported that during its first two decades CIA managed to keep a fairly low profile, but in the third decade a combination of Vietnamese conflict, Watergate scandal, exposures, and investigations brought agitated attention and political controversy. Critics argued that Sorensen's politics were wrong for the post, but it expressed also an unarticulated feeling that a central intelligence agency ought to be non-political.


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