"As to the Corn DCI or DNI gig (keeping in mind that, for all his history as a Death Squads afficianado, Negroponte is considered a State entity), do you really think they wanted to give DCI/DNI to someone they cared about? That job exists soley to oversee a massive failure. They want that person to fail a bureaucratic battle in favor of Rummy (as Negroponte currently is doing)."i'm smart enough to know not to argue with emptywheel on the merits, and i only have a helicopter-view of this, but this seems wrong on a couple of fronts. primarily, if the DCI/DNI roles were intended to 'fail', then it makes sense to put enablers in those positions - which is exactly what they did with Goss, and Goss diligently dragged his gosslings over to the agency. that is, they got exactly what they wanted from Goss (apart from the hooker thing) - i can only presume that when they asked armitage to take the gig, they gave him some pre-conditions (which he appears to have declined)
lemme put it this way. EW says:
"do you really think they wanted to give DCI/DNI to someone they cared about? That job exists soley to oversee a massive failure."the flipside is that if you want to put someone in place to "oversee a massive failure" - would you rather install one of your own cronies, or someone who is weakish but on the other side? i'd prefer a crony. and they offered the gig to armitage. their second choice, Goss, gave them exactly what they wanted. Why should we presume that they didn't expect the same from Armitage when he was offered the gig? armitage didnt take the bait - but they apparently thought they had him in their pocket.
as for negroponte being perceived as being State - well, that just seems to reinforce my point that those boundaries are artificial.