Does Hayden Know His History?
Amy Zegart points out a really strange statement made by CIA Director Michael Hayden in a speech yesterday.
As eventful as the world may be right now, the development that is likely to have the most far-reaching consequences will be a domestic one — the election of a new American president. From the standpoint of the Intelligence Community, it’ll be the first time since 1952 that our top customer will not have served as an incumbent or vice president.
Zegart claims to have heard this, and got the quote directly from the prepared transcript.
This statement is, of course, not remotely true. Kennedy, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush were all neither incumbents nor vice-presidents. Surely the Director of the CIA should be familiar with some of the broad outlines of recent American history, right? I can’t imagine that his analyses of threats to the United States would be much use if he didn’t, er, know that much about the United States.
Here’s hoping this is some kind of transcript error or something.