CIA Shake-Up

President Bush nominated Air Force General Michael Hayden as the next CIA director during a formal announcement on Monday morning. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said that the current deputy director of national intelligence has plenty of experience that can be put to good use in the post. Gen. Hayden ran NSA during the wiretapping controversy. Read more.

Is Gen. Hayden the best choice to become the director of the CIA?

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Here's what people in the news are saying:

"Mike Hayden is supremely qualified for this position. Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up. He is both a provider and consumer of intelligence." — President George W. Bush

"His great strength is he is a broad-gauge guy. He understands all aspects of the intelligence business and he understands how to bring them together into, really, a joint enterprise to better protect the country and that's really what is needed at this time." — National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley

"Senator Specter and I, with his lead, have been trying to figure out what Hayden has actually been doing in those wiretaps, and it may give us an opportunity to figure out what the program actually is." — Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)

Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"Hayden would be directing a government agency and working as civilian who serves as the government's chief intelligence officer and adviser to the president. He's has an established and successful subordinate role with that individual already. Why should Hayden be excluded simply because he wears a uniform? Does anybody really believe that a relatively inexperienced civilian can go in there at this time and put that house in order?" — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)

"I know very little about General Hayden, but I do not have any problem with a military officer in charge of the CIA. Folks need to remember that the CIA sprang originally from Naval intelligence programs. We have a war on terror that includes domestic territories; where secret programs should remain secret and where intelligence gathering should include internal conversations with external elements. I pray they make progress with the general at the helm." — Chuck (Fulks Run, VA)

"Having served with Gen. Hayden on several occasions, I can assure you he has unsurpassed integrity, unparalleled dedication to our country, and the most comprehensive intelligence experience base of any candidate out there. He will be superb." — D.G., Colonel, USAF (Santa Monica, CA)

"This is not a question for the American people to answer. I doubt anyone in the general public is qualified to know whether he is or is not qualified for the job. I think we should leave it to the administration to decide. I know one thing: You don't become a three-star general without having a good level head on your shoulders." — Marc

"The CIA is a civilian government agency. The MILITARY should not be put in charge of a civilian agency. Once again, like everything else this administration has done, we will lose the 'checks and balances.' We have no checks and balances in the court, Congress and the president, and that is why America is in a state of decline and corruption." — Richard (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

"This is a bad choice. Contrary to what some are saying, if they pay attention to the news they would know he has NO experience with human intelligence. The only good thing about this nomination is he will be under oath and required to answer questions about the wiretapping mess. I agree we need to tap the bad guys, but the rule of law applies to everyone, including the president. Hayden helped circumvent the law, and I want answers. As the CIA director we will be completely at the will of the military. Why doesn't that scare more people?" — Steve (Oklahoma)

"If one would just take a look at the history of the CIA, there were several military leaders who served as CIA director. Most were placed by Democrat presidents. I guess it is okay for Democrat presidents to pick a CIA director from the military, but not Republican presidents. What a bunch of hoo-haa about nothing" — Mike

"I figure since the civilians that have been put in charge of the CIA can't do the job, then put a military man in there and see if he can. They seem to lack discipline in the CIA and I think this general would give them a dose of it." — Don (Tucson, AZ)

"The only downside that I have heard is that his past surveillance activity was mostly in the electronic field and not the person-to-person type intelligence that the CIA mostly deals in. In thinking that over, maybe the CIA could use a little help along that line too as what they have produced in the last 10 years has totally missed the mark." — FDK (Ponca City, OK)

"If Bush picked Clinton, someone would still complain. Let it ride out." — Patty (CA)

"Shouldn't the first concern be WHO is best for the job and never mind the 'civilian vs military' garbage? That is such a waste of time and effort to nit-pick about something like that, like a bunch of little kids on the swing set arguing!" — WLB (London, KY)

"If the Democrats don't like him, he must be worthy of the post." — Michelle (Jenison, MI)

"It is a super choice. Hopefully, he can get across to the CIA personnel that leaking information during wartime is a treasonable offense." — Judy (Greenfield, IN)

"If General Hayden is a man who can 'convince' the poorly-focused members of the CIA that the Bush administration is not the enemy, then security and democracy are both better served. If his leadership style allows for the twisting of ears between a potent thumb and forefinger, then he is absolutely the man for the job. " — Steve (Lubbock, TX)

"General Hayden is the best choice by far! Heaven help us if jittery, spineless Republicans align themselves with spineless Democrats to oppose his nomination. We need people like General Hayden in government — military or not, the man is the best by far. No one opposed Colin Powell, and he became secretary of state!" — J.B. (Florida)

"The best-qualified person should get the appointment, regardless of military or civilian status." — Juan (White Plains, NY)

"Having conducted clandestine operations (Vietnam, 1966-67), I know full well that we need more of those operations — and more special operators — than we have today. Hayden will run the CIA with an iron fist and, of course, the results will be less confusion, less divisiveness, and better results." — LTC (USA Retired) Steven (Newport News, VA)

"I suggest we listen to what General Hayden has to say, listen to how he answers the Senate's questions, and then make the right decision. Hopefully, the agendas of politicians and others who grandstand and bloviate will not muddy the waters of thoughtful decision-making." — Frank

"I think that the CIA is badly in need of a new, stricter chain of command, considering how they can't seem to keep their mouth shut with all of the leaks we've been having." — Julie

"The CIA was originally begun by a military man, General 'Wild Bill' Donovan of World War II fame (the OSS, Jedburgh Teams etc.). I would venture to say that General Hayden will be a HUGE improvement over fool civilians like George Tenet, who allowed the agency to sink to laughable lows in the mid to late '90s and earlier this century. I do believe it was under a CIVILIAN director that multiple terror attacks occurred, the agency was depleted to the point of ineffectiveness, the WMD debacle occurred in Iraq, UBL was missed several times and massive, embarrassing leaks of vital national security were sent directly to the press! Get a military man in there to clean things up, just like every other government agency." — Steve, US Army Spec Forces (Ret), (High Point, NC)

"Maybe this is what it takes to 'plug the leaks' at the CIA. We need someone who cares more about this country than politics. Hopefully, this is a guy who will do that. How could anyone care more about politics to such a point that you are willing to leak this country's secrets to our enemies just for the advantage of a few politicians? " — Brian (Ohio)

"I truly believe it is bad thing for more military people to be in such high-level positions within our government. I fear that government is being taken out of public hands. Former president Eisenhower told us to beware of the military industrial complex. I see this machine up and running and moving forward — this country could fall under military control way too easily if not reigned in now." — Brittany

"A war for no good reason, never getting the guys responsible for 9/11, the death of thousands of U.S. military personnel, the deaths of countless Iraqis, casualties in the tens of thousands, and the guys who 'planned' this are still sitting in their offices. Gas prices, huge deficits plucked from surpluses — George needs to listen to someone other than Rove, Cheney and Rice and make some serious changes. How does he sleep?" — Robert (NY)

"Eighteen months ago, Porter Goss was the right man for the job. Now Michael Hayden is the right man for the job. Who's next, Harriet Myers?" — William (Chicago, IL)

"The real question is, who could President Bush nominate to any position (excluding liberals and socialists) that the Democrats and the press would not find unfit?" — Chuck

"Excellent choice in picking General Hayden. I enjoy reading the comments made by those who know nothing about the NSA, including some in the news media, who are already denigrating the choice." — Gary (Big Rapids, MI)

"I am a Bush supporter, as hard as it has been given all the contradictory things he has done, BUT this has gone too far. An experienced CIA or other non-military person is needed." — Ed

"I have no objection to the nomination of General Hayden to the position of CIA director. The CIA is in a leadership crisis. A four-star general brings much to the table to turn this situation around. Of course, there will be those on both sides of the aisle who will criticize this appointment. They will cite this as a constitutional crisis relating to separation of powers, to which I say, they need to solve the crisis of their own ineptitude first. " — Tim (Houston, TX)

"I once worked under Hayden's command and feel he is a fine choice. But the CIA should pay his salary, not the DOD. IF confirmed, he should resign his commission and serve as a civilian director to avoid all conflicts of interest. The military is more non-partisan than current or former politicians — so it is a fine choice." — Doug

"Having voted for President Bush twice, I am joining millions of Americans in finally coming to grips with the countless mistakes, missed opportunities, bad judgment calls, and overall arrogance surrounding this administration. Our 'Central Intelligence Agency' has failed to prevent 9/11 or locate Usama bin Laden, and referred to WMD in Iraq as a 'slam dunk.' To name a new director to this crippled and ineffective agency seems a bit like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic." — Jay (Cincinnati)

"I think General Hayden is the right man for the CIA. I congratulate President Bush on having the wisdom to do this. Change is sometimes positive. I think in this situation, it is very positive." — Gisele

"The CIA is supposed to be a civilian-run agency separate and apart from the military. Is no one else concerned about a general who agreed with wiretapping American citizens without a warrant being put in charge of the CIA spy agency?" — Justin

"Hayden looks to be the guy who can get in there and get some of the hardcore intelligence we need to win the war on terror. Liberals hate him for that very reason." — Mike (Texas)

"I heartily approve. The CIA must digest an increased budget and a pressing need for on-the-ground operatives. It needs a manager, and that's what Hayden is. He also must continue and intensify the effort to repair the damage from the Clinton years. That's the kind of thing 'generals' do well." — Al (Michigan)

"Hayden has real experience in human intelligence. That is invaluable at this point." — Biff (Oregon)

"When are the folks in the Congress (both parties) going to understand that they don't make the appointments? The executive branch does! This brouhaha over the president's appointment is just the continuation of the ongoing power grab by the legislative branch. They want the executive branch to be as powerless as the monarchy in Britain." — Bill (Lake Jackson, TX)

"Perhaps now we’ll start working intelligence rather than politics." — Denny

"I support my president, so yes I think he is the right choice. Look at his background. He can be no worse than his predecessor." — Karen (Cleveland, OH)

"Well, seeing how this president hasn't done one thing good for this country during his regime's reign, no." — Pete (New Orleans, OH)

"When you have a snake pit to clean out, you send someone that knows the system." — Don

"I think the president made an excellent choice. We need more military men in the CIA, just to clean it up." — Floyd

"Can you come up with one person President Bush has appointed to any position that hasn’t been a mistake for this country?" — Max (Erie, PA)

"Print General Hayden's entire record and then ask people what they think about his ability to run the CIA. I've read it and am thrilled the president has selected someone with General Hayden's depth and breadth of experience. His track record at the NSA is beyond reproof. As Americans, we are blessed to have a man like this willing to take on this critical task at a time in our history where vision, innovation and leadership are so desperately needed. This is not about politics, it is about our future! Finally, I don't hear any other names being offered by the naysayers!" — John

"I think that it's a plus to have Hadley running the CIA because of his military experience. Discipline, in all its insinuations, sounds to me like a good place to start in the reformation of an agency that’s shown many instances of inconsequential individual decision-making that seemed to go against the direction of their superiors." — J.

"General Hayden is definitely a step in the right direction, because he's an experienced intelligence professional. Porter Goss was nothing more than another political hack." — Bob

"How can the general public know who is best for the job? One needs, it seems to me, to trust the leadership to select the best. As for Gen. Hayden, it clearly appears that he has considerable experience in the field of intelligence work. It clearly appears that he is well versed in all aspects of intelligence work and that he has had a very good working relationship with Mr. John Negraponte. Thus, it appears that one should conclude that he brings to the CIA a depth of knowledge and experience that should be quite beneficial. I would conclude, without more, that President Bush has made a very good, if not the best choice for the job." — Shelton (Jackson, MS)