Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Middle America: Wanted: strong bipartisan manager to repair CIA

Middle America: "Richard Armitage: A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he currently serves as deputy secretary of State, No. 2 to Colin Powell. He is widely admired for his depth in military and intelligence, especially in the Far East, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He's served in a number of government positions, mainly in Republican administrations. Mr. Armitage is considered frontrunner in that he wouldn't have to endure a Senate confirmation process.

'The president could put him over there without having to go through Congress right away since he's already been confirmed by the Senate in his position at State,' says Charles Battaglia, former staff director for the Senate Intelligence Committee. 'Then, once the election is over, he could formally send his name up.'"

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