Hit the Artery, Not the Capillary

Hit the Artery, Not the Capillary: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said there is no “turf battle” among intelligence leaders, specifically between himself and CIA director nominee Gen. Michael Hayden. (See above.) At Tuesday’s Pentagon press briefing, Rumsfeld sought to quell media rumors about a clash among intel leaders, asserting that the people who are fueling these speculations “have an instinct for the capillaries, as opposed to the more important arteries.” Rumsfeld lectured that the “single most important discussion about intelligence should be about the formula, arrangement, and structure” of intel gathering, not about the leadership bureaucracy.