George Bush Appointed C.I.A. Director
By Patrick Mondout
President Gerald Ford appointed former House member from Texas George
Bush to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Bush was sworn in on January
30, 1976. On the occasion of the swearing-in of George Bush, President
Ford had this to say:
" . . . We must maintain a strong and effective intelligence
capability in the United States. . . . To be effective, our foreign policy
must be based upon a clear understanding of the international environment.
To operate without adequate and timely intelligence information will
cripple our security in a world that is still hostile to our freedoms.
"Nor can we confine our intelligence to the question of whether
there will be an imminent military attack. We also need information about
the world's economy, about political and social trends, about food supply,
population growth, and, certainly, about terrorism.
"To protect our security diplomatically, militarily, and
economically, we must have a comprehensive intelligence capability. The
United States is a peace-loving nation and our foreign policy is designed
to lessen the threat of war as well as aggression. In recent years, we
have made substantial progress toward that goal . . .
"Yet, we also recognize that the best way to secure the peace is
to be fully prepared to defend our interest. . . . A central pillar of our
strength is, of course, our armed forces. But another great pillar must be
our intelligence community--the dedicated men and women who gather vital
information around the world and carry out missions that advance our
interests in the world."