Carla Anne Robbins is a TAI contributing editor, former deputy editorial page editor for the New York Times, and chief diplomatic correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She is now an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Marxe faculty director of the master of international affairs program at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. You can follow her on Twitter @robbinscarla.
The Director of National Intelligence was created after the 9/11 disaster to bring coherence to the intelligence community and “speak truth to power.” Trump wants a DNI who will tell him only what he wants to hear.
William Barr’s own conspiracy-fueled “investigation of the investigators” is alienating allies, enabling the Russians, and spreading fear and loathing through the intelligence community. What more could Trump ask for?