The CIA Is Not the Post Office

In his 1997 memoir A Spy for All Seasons, legendary CIA operations officers Duane "Dewey" Clarridge, implicated in the Iran/Contra scandal and pardoned by President George H.W. Bush, commented on the situation of the CIA during the Clinton administration, the last time the agency was under attack by the U.S. government.  Clarridge wrote his memoir in part to pay his legal fees.He said that Bill Clinton, disinterested in foreign intelligence, was "disinclined to support his 'centurions' of the Clandestine Services....The lack of presidential support was magnified with the appointment of John Deutch as DCI.  Like William Webster before him, Deutch demonstrated no real interest in supporting the CIA and the Clandestine Services in particular.  To the contrary, the more he attacked the Clandestine Services, the more the media and some in Congress applauded...."Under the Clinton administration, Clarridge wrote, "the Clandestine...(Read Full Post)