Senator Bond backs President Bush’s nomination for the next chief of the Central Intelligence Agency. Bond, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says General Michael Hayden is well-qualified and dedicated to this nation’s intelligence-gathering machine. Although Bond admits there is a difference in the tactical, military intelligence-gathering world Hayden is coming from and the strategic, intelligence gathering of the CIA. Bond says it’s unfair for some of his congressional colleagues, Republicans in particular, to call Hayden the wrong man at the wrong time. Bond points out outgoing CIA Director Porter Goss was a former Congressman with lots of friends on Capitol Hill. And as far as the issue of whether Hayden should lead a primarily civilian agency while still wearing a military uniform, Bond says that should not be an issue at all. Bond admits he has not counted noses to see how this nomination will go, but he hopes confirmation goes quickly.
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