Is it just me, or does watching the Obama Administration remind you of an episode of the Keystone Cops?
On February 26th, 2009 the DNI, Dennis Blair selected Ambassador Charles W. Freeman, Jr. to be the Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). In his press release DNI Blair states, “The country is fortunate that Ambassador Freeman has agreed to return to public service and contribute his remarkable skills toward further strengthening the Intelligence Community’s analytical process.”
Then on March 10th, 2009, the DNI releases this press release:
“Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman, Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.”
Now it seems to me that before DNI Blair issues a statement as matter-of-fact as the one he did on February 26th, 2009 that he and his staff would have done a better job at determining whether or not Ambassador Freeman really wanted the job in the first place!
The post of Chairman of the NIC is responsible for overseeing the production of National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other Intelligence Community (IC) analytic products, it’s by far not a small job, and one that brings with it some serious scrutiny.
Personally, I feel this is just a another example of the failed vetting process the Obama Administration is becoming notorious for.