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WASHINGTON — President Bush announced his intention to nominate General Michael Hayden as the next CIA director on Monday morning.
“Mike Hayden is supremely qualified for this position,” Bush said from the Oval Office. “Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence field. He served as six years as director of the National Security Agency and thus brings vast experience leaading a major intelligence agency to his new assignment.
“Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up. He is both a provider and consumer of intelligence,” Bush said.
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.
“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,” Hadley told FOX & Friends.
Hayden, known as someone willing to do battle in defense of the positions he holds, may need that quality as the 61-year-old Air Force general goes up against a leery Senate tasked with confirming a new CIA chief.
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