In 2005, “I was content to say, ‘F*ck DailyKOS’ and move on.” As it turns out, there’s a bit more to it.
Make sure you listen to him speak for yourself. Some of the weaselly prick effect is lost when you just read the transcript.
Via: My Left Wing:
You know . . . coughs . . . I think a lot of the people that did have problems with the CIA, I mean it was a very vocal minority. I think most people really didnâ€™t think about it all that much. Right? It wasnâ€™t really on their radar screens, ah, in the way that now it is, because now we are in this huge war, and it was the CIA that was warning the Administration against invading because, there were no weapons of mass destruction.
Hereâ€™s a little secret I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever written about: But in 2001, I was unemployed, underemployed, unemployed. You know I was in that . . You all have been there â€œdot comâ€ people? Kinda like, in between jobs, doinâ€™ a little contract work and . . . kinda. So, you know. Thatâ€™s where I was: in this really horrible netherworld of â€˜will I make rent next monthâ€™ and . . .
So, I applied to the CIA and I went all the way to the end, I mean it was to the point where I was going to sign papers to become Clandestine Services. And it was at that point that the Howard Dean campaign took off and I had to make a decision whether I was gonna kinda join the Howard Dean campaign, that whole process, or was I was going to become a spy. (Laughter in the audience.) It was going to be a tough decision at first, but then the CIA insisted that if, if I joined that, theyâ€™d want me to do the first duty assignment in Washington, DC, and I hate Washington, DC. Six years in Washington, DC [inaudible] that makes the decision a lot easier.
[ . . .] This is a very liberal institution. And in a lot of ways, it really does attract people who want to make a better, you know, want to make the world a better place . . . Of course, theyâ€™ve got their Dirty Ops and this and that, right but as an institution itself the CIA is really interested in stable world. Thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re interested in. And stable worlds arenâ€™t created by destabilizing regimes and creating wars. Their done so by other means. Assassination labor leaders . . . Iâ€™m kidding!
[ . . . ] I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a very partisan thing to want a stable world. And even if youâ€™re protecting American interests, I mean that can get ugly at times, but generally speaking I think their hearts in the right place. As an organization their heart is in the right place. Iâ€™ve never had any problem with the CIA. Iâ€™d have no problem working for them . .
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