Gina Haspel’s judgment is not good enough to head the CIA, which has notoriously little oversight and requires strong values from its leaders to ensure moral boundaries aren’t transgressed, holds Mieke Eoyang of The Atlantic. She oversaw a detention facility that tortured at least one inmate. Even worse, as the Senate, disgusted by US torture programs, prepared an investigation into them, Haspel made sure that crucial evidence was destroyed. Such a person cannot be trusted to make the moral choice in a potential position of power that risks going against American values, such as targeting journalists or spying on political opponents.
Throughout her distinguished CIA career, Gina Haspel has proven herself to be the ideal candidate to lead the agency, asserts Marc A. Thiessen in The Washington Post. Her multiple successes in counterterrorism operations have rightly given her a great reputation in the intelligence community. She was pivotal in the successful capture of the al-Quaeda terrorists that bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Haspel’s hard work resulted in the foiling of a further terrorist plot and the unearthing of a terror cell. Obama’s Justice Department cleared her of any wrongdoing. Critics are wrong to say that she doesn’t deserve this position.