Is it just me, but considering the rumors of tensions between DNI Dennis Blair and CIA director Leon Panetta, is there a subtext to this joke?
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, keynoting the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “State of Intelligence Reform Conference” at the Willard yesterday (with J. Michael Allen as emcee): “There is going to be a new DNI very soon, Donovan McNabb. (Laughter.) Oh, I’m sorry, that’s the director of the CIA is going to be Donovan McNabb, I got that wrong. (Laughter.) Oh no, that’s just a foreign intercept of uncertain reliability, so maybe he’s going somewhere else. I don’t know. (Laughter.) . . . We have our challenges, but we’re still the most formidable intelligence community in the world.”
Panetta’s gotten pretty good reviews so far, but the position of CIA director seems to generate more burnout and rapid turnover than coaching the Redskins. Tough not to wonder if Blair was trying to reinforce the idea that Panetta will not be around for the long haul . . .