The question about who’s really in charge in Washington has been settled. The amateurs who came to town after the election of the year 2000 and started interfering with the professionals and experts making up the real government have been put in their place or made to resign, and it’s back to business as usual in the interval of waiting for the next democrat party administration to arrive.
The Central Intelligence Agency announced on Friday that it was calling back from retirement a controversial former operations officer to head the National Clandestine Service, three years after he left the Agency to protest reforms being put in place by then-CIA Director Porter Goss.
Michael J. Sulick was associate deputy director for operations at the time he resigned in November 2004 along with his boss, Stephen R. Kappes.
The Wall Street Journal called their bitter fight with Porter Goss and his aides over Agency reform â€œan insurgency,â€ although both Kappes and Sulick were praised by Rep. Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, who became a fierce critic of Goss and his reforms.
Sulickâ€™s return was praised by John McLaughlin, who as acting CIA director in July 2004 was involved in his earlier appointment, prior to the clash with Goss.
â€œMike Sulickâ€™s return is a big plus for the agency,â€ McLaughlin told NewsMax. â€œHe is open to new ideas, but espionage in the classic sense has been around since biblical times and â€” while novelty is always welcome â€” there’s a lot to be said for the proven experience that Mike Sulick brings to the table. â€œ
The National Clandestine Service, formerly known as the Directorate of Operations, is the Agencyâ€™s elite corps of spies.
When Goss took over the Agency in September 2004, he sought to revitalize the clandestine service and weed out â€œdead woodâ€ operators who were the product of an â€œold boys networkâ€ that failed to recruit spies in difficult overseas environments.
But he ran into fierce opposition from Kappes, Sulick and other products of the CIA â€œold guard,â€ who objected to Gossâ€™s efforts to reform the operations directorate and bring it under his control.
As I will reveal in my upcoming book, “Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender,” Kappes had been implicated in a serious security breach at a CIA station overseas, but was never disciplined by the Agency.
Furthermore, both he and Sulick were engaged in activities to lobby members of Congress in their own districts that violated U.S. law. When Goss tried to discipline them, the two men resigned in protest.
Sulickâ€™s message sends a â€œterrible messageâ€ to CIA officers who are trying to do their job and stay out of politics, and suggests that the CIA bench is so thin they have no other candidates for the critical job as head of the Clandestine Service, former agency officers said.
Goss was trying to change the â€œcultureâ€ of the DO, where Clandestine officers were promoted for the number of foreign sources they recruited, not the quality of their information.
Sulick and Kappes earned a reputation as political infighters, who fiercely opposed the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terror and the war in Iraq.
â€œSulickâ€™s appointment is an unbelievable slap at the president,â€ a congressional source told NewsMax over the weekend.