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Approved For Release 2007/06/19: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100010085-0 L1'L 1LE ROCK, APE. GAZETTE Li - 103, 821 S - 121,741 H OV 16.1975' Frank Church on Colby, Bush We agree with Senator Frank Church that the Republican handyman George Bush should not be planted in the vacancy left by William E. Colby at the CIA. Where we fear we have to break with Senator Church is on the question of Colby's removal, yes or no. Church doesn't think he should have been. We think he should have been, though not, to be sure, for the reasons that he likely was, which. is what;up- sets Church as chairman of: the, spe- cial Senate committee investigating the whole of the American Intelli- gerce "'community.". Colby, by CIA standards at least, had been fairly'"f'b hcorning in testi- mony before the Church Corttee.- forthcoming, that is, in comparison with the. weasling Richa;-d - Helms, :say-and so the chairmaa naturally feels that any successor will be less forthcoming than Colby- t. in fact, the whole circular sbi` of the old familiar faces was, as mnc as anv- thing else, an attempt by :resident Ford and Henry'Kissinger to put the kibosh on. the. investigation. There is- easorv. why somethin . to fAis, .bow: the., we, too, say that Colby was removed for the wrong reasons is that Gerald Ford is another of those increasingly familiar American Presidents who never does anything good for the right reasons. Actually, our position with regard- to Colby really is that he never should have been confirmed as Director of the CIA in the first place, it being in fact an appointment. that.. we bitterly < op- posed before and during the confirma- tion fight. .But' Bill Colby -is- history now, though a kind of history , that ' will not down easily with the defenders of Colby, so many of whom (though we hasten to say; not Frank Church) tend to equate the old unquestioned.' ' 'black" tricks of the CIA as we have known up to now . - Colby's personally-su- pervised "Operation Phoenix" in- Viet- nam, the-Bay of Pigs; Chile, etc. - with- the health and wellbeing of this In the instant matter of the Bush appointment, Senator Church's (to us) incontrovertible argument is that Gorge Bush. not only is remarkably u::qualified for the job, nice guy. even though he may be, but. actively dis- qualified, being the COP "handyman" that we have called him. George Bush is- the son of a former U. S. Senator from Connecticut who made the familiar trek{ southward to Texas to try to make even more' money even faster and succeeded eminently, thanks to the off-shore oil bonanza that President Eisenhower handed over to then Governor Allan Shivers in exchange for Shivers's and the state's electoral support in 1952. In Texas,. Bush-though a -hereditary Republican, unlike most of his peers in the regional confraternity - soon became an adornment among the new breed of. Southern Republican politi- cos. He was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives and might still be there, had it not been for an abortive bid for a seat in the Senate. . The-only-(theoretiealiy) non- partisan-position. Bush has- occupied since first coming before- the public's general attention was that of -U. S. Ambassa- dor to'the United Nations. The Ambassadorship to the U. - N. should be more than just theoretically' non-political, needless to say. Adlai E. Stevenson - whose personal political ambitions were never really much stronger : than -a,. koala's survival in- stinct, and those pretty well spent by then - tried to be as non-political in the post as a''man could be, only to be badly. used by John Kennedy in the. Bay of Pigs-matter. Arthur J. Goldberg was similarly "used" by Lyndon Johnson at the U. N. as a kind of gloss on the: Vietnam business, though Goldberg did run for elective office. later on.. supposedly reasonably open democratic - republic. George Bush appears to have per-. formed as the U. N. with a reasonable degree of non-partisanship. But it was I after that temporary assignment that he was moved to the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, a. quite different business and one that bears directly on his fitness to be- Director ' of the CIA. And if that' wasn't enough, President Ford, with his instinct genius for piling gaffe upon gaffe, said shortly after Bush's } t nomination was announced that this should not- be construed as in any, way ruling Bush out of -consideration for a spot on the ticket with him in 1976. HERE WE COME to an interesting little sidelight on the combined ques- tions of Senator Frank Churchs stand' for' Colby, but against Bush on the grounds of lack of qualifications stressed above. Colby, since being t 5: freed from the office,(he is continuing in, it, but only on an interim basis, pending the confirmation of - Bush or!- 0 other successor), understandably has tended- to- side-with.. Senator., the-scenes motivations that led to, his! ouster, but at the same time thinks, .dandy for the CIA ,job.. We agree with Colby that perhaps we could do with. a touch less career professionalism in the CIA director- ship at this time, Colby himself being his own best evidence.. However, it is a form almost of- simple-mindedness to mention George - Bush in the. same - breath with John J. McCloy, a ?ormer -director of the agency brought in McCloy, is a non-professional in the area of counter-intelligence, but that, is, both the beginning of the compari-, son and the end of it. Approved For Release 2007/06/19: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100010085-0