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  •  There are precedents for revenge, however, (0+ / 0-)

    this war is being directed by Barack Obama, not some cowboy, and I am confident that his actions have valid military objectives. I am skeptical that they will be achieved, but I will cross my fingers and hope that he is right about this course of action.

    •  The field operators that far down are (0+ / 0-)

      not political appointees and were hired in the massive CIA expansion post 9/11 for a mindset that President Obama doesn't share.

      The handful of political appointees Obama has at the top of the agency (which he can now direct on a day to day basis only through the additional bureaucratic layer of the Director of National Intelligence) does not mean that he or his appointees has effective control of the low level workings of the agency.

      President Obama can expect that outright defiance will be punished, and can put in place some limited guidance.  But, he has very little ability to prevent low level people from twisting his directions or secretly acting contrary to Presidential objectives, any more than he can meaningfully supervise somebody in the IRS doing small business audits.  He has to rely on reports from the field providing a basis for drone strikes whether they are true or not.

      The die was cast in the previous admininstration.  President Obama can change the status quo, but he has to make bold moves at a level in the hierarchy he has more control over to achieve that.

      "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -- Albert Einstein

      by ohwilleke on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 06:52:28 PM PST

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