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Mike Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden is a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency. He can be reached at mhayden@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Mike Hayden

Michael Hayden (Associated Press)

Americans still believe in intelligence community

It's been six months since I've appeared in these pages. That gap hasn't been about a boycott or a contract dispute. Actually, The Washington Times has been rather generous, giving me that time to finish a book, get it cleared through the intelligence community review process and then endure an aggressive countrywide book tour organized by my publisher, Penguin. Published May 9, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with CIA Director John Brennan, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on cyber threats. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Politicization of intelligence on Islamic State fight

Politicization -- the shading of analysis to fit prevailing policy or politics -- is the harshest criticism one can make of an intelligence organization. It strikes beyond questions of competence to the fundamental ethic of the enterprise, which is, or should be, truth telling. Published September 24, 2015

Some changes that would make the Iran deal a better bet

So here we are. Most Americans and most members of Congress oppose the nuclear deal with Iran. But because of global politics and the corner we have painted ourselves into, an outright rejection could even be worse. Published September 10, 2015

Despite the saga over Hillary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's sprint to front-runner status in the Republican presidential race and some interesting pennant races, the news this summer has never drifted far from President Obama's nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. (Associated Press)

Iran nuclear deal sparks anger of self-preservation

Despite the saga over Hillary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's sprint to front-runner status in the Republican presidential race and some interesting pennant races, the news this summer has never drifted far from the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Published September 8, 2015

President Obama says the people criticizing the Iran nuclear deal are the same people who rushed into war with Iraq. (AP Photo)

Obama sells Iran nuclear deal different from promise to Congress

The hot topic around the Capital for the past 10 days has been the Iran nuclear deal. First, we've seen the Obama administration's hard sell. President Obama last week was knowledgeable, confident and combative in several lengthy soliloquies on the deal before the press corps in the East Room. He was also dismissive and delegitimizing of any opposition. Published July 22, 2015

Former Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta (Associated Press) **FILE**

Don't 'blame' China for OPM breach; blame ourselves

Jimmie Breslin borrowed a line from manager Casey Stengel to title his chronicle of the worst team in baseball history, the 1962 Mets. Stengel plaintively asked, "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?" Given recent events, Americans could be asking the same question about their government's cyber performance. Published June 24, 2015

In this May 20, 2015, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Blair House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

John Kerry's unreliable words undermine Iran talks

The Secretary of State was understandably trying to put the best face on a bad situation, but he was letting the political and policy needs of the moment out run the facts. Published June 17, 2015

A Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Associated Press)

Drones work — just ask al Qaeda

President Obama reflected personal and national distress when he announced the inadvertent deaths of two hostages last week. Published April 30, 2015

Ernest Moniz (AP Photo)

Hold those celebratory tweets for iffy Iran deal

It's not often that I'm the subject of tweets from the State Department, but late last week spokeswoman Marie Harf tweeted that "Former @CIA Director Mike Hayden says he's 'heartened' by details of Iran deal; 'no good alternatives' to diplomacy." Well, not exactly. Published April 6, 2015

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, talks with Saudi King Salman after the king arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. El-Sissi later made the remarks at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AP Photo/MENA) (AP Photo/MENA)

Ignoring religious roots of terrorism risks victory

Not long ago I testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on what the Committee called "Islamist terror." The Committee, unlike the Administration, chose to align that adjective (Islamist) with that noun (terror) in defining a global problem. Published March 31, 2015

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA director. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

A 'reasonable' view of privacy, security

I recently debated Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano on the National Security Agency's 215 program, the massive metadata trove of American calling records used to quickly detect if suspected terrorists have contacted anyone inside this country. Published March 18, 2015


Farewell to Mark Mansfield, a 'happy warrior,' CIA spokesman

Mark Mansfield died last week. I doubt that many readers of the news, even intelligence devotees, knew about Mark. Writers of the news, however, — especially intelligence beat reporters — knew him well. He was, in a phrase he once dubbed the ultimate oxymoron, "the CIA spokesman" and — in one way or another — served the public affairs needs of nine CIA directors. Published January 28, 2015