Meet Professor Immerman, a Michael Moore-type leftist DNI McConnell unaccountably appointed to a key position in the CIA .Immerman's biased and bizarre views are detailed by Gabriel Schoenfeld who asks how and why he was ever appointed to his present post:
The problem is not merely that someone who is himself so clearly a "rabid ideologue" might have been responsible for vetting the Iran NIE and then letting a skewed declassified summary of it out the door. Given how recently Immerman took his job, his precise role in the fiasco is unclear, although it is suggestive that his direct supervisor is Thomas Fingar, one of the authors of the controversial document. The real problem is that someone like Immerman, nakedly contemptuous of the administration in which he nonetheless sought a job, was appointed to a position of such high responsibility--or any responsibility--in the first place. Who made that decision and why?
The Bush administration has been repeatedly condemned for politicizing intelligence. But the shoe is being tied on the wrong foot. The politicization of the intelligence community comes from within. Indeed, those responsible for maintaining analytic integrity are themselves generally lacking in the very quality. We can reform and reshuffle the intelligence community from now until kingdom come, but, as long as such types remain fixed in place, the politicization of intelligence will persist.
In my view if cannot stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons the folks who wrote the original -- now disavowed NIE -- will bear a major burden of blame. But save some for those responsible for outrageously stupid appointments like Immerman's.