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  • My whole life has been shaped by public service across those decades.

  • As a diplomat in the Middle East and Russia, and as a senior official and administrations of both parties, I developed enormous respect for my CIA colleagues.

  • I served alongside them in hard places around the world.

  • It was their skill at collection and analysis that often gave me an edge as a negotiator.

  • Their partnership that helped make me an effective ambassador, and their insights that helped me make thoughtful choices are the most difficult policy issues.

  • I learned that good intelligence delivered with honesty and integrity is America's first line of defense.

  • I learned that intelligence professionals have to tell policy makers what they need to hear, even if they don't want to hear it.

  • And I learned that politics must stop where intelligence work begins.

  • That is exactly what President Biden expects of CIA.

  • It was the first thing he told me when he asked me to take on this role.

My whole life has been shaped by public service across those decades.

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'Politics must stop where intelligence work begins': Burns

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/26
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