“But frankly I think there are other factors,” he added. “There’s a general perception of cronyism, favoritism, that the way to get promoted — that the guys who are not being promoted are the guys who are doing aggressive operations in dangerous parts of the world. If you’re a chief of station in a dangerous part of the world running aggressive operations, and your contemporary is a staff aide sitting on the seventh floor in meetings, there’s no question of who’s getting promoted. It’s the guy standing next to the boss telling him what he wants to hear. It’s not the guy in a dangerous place really trying to take the fight to the enemy.”Charles Faddis Author, Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq (2008) (Quoted in CQ: "CIA’s Loss of Top Spies ‘Catastrophic,’ Says Agency Veteran"
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