THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                   February 8, 1995	     

			    The Roosevelt Room

2:20 P.M. EST

	     THE PRESIDENT:  Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to 
see you all here.  I thank the members of Congress especially for 
being here -- Senator Thurmond, Senator Specter, Senator Leahy, 
Congressman Dicks.  Is Congressman Gilman here?
	     It is my pleasure and honor today to announce my 
intention to nominate General Michael Carns to be the next Director 
of Central Intelligence.
	     General Carns will face a challenge whose difficulty is 
matched only by its importance.  The Cold War is over, but many new 
dangers have taken its place -- regional security threats; the 
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; terrorists who, as we 
have seen, can strike at the very heart of our own major cities; drug 
trafficking and international crime.  The decisive advantage United 
States intelligence provides this country is, therefore, as important 
as it has ever been.
	     As President, I've had the opportunity to appreciate 
just how important that intelligence is to our national security.  
Most Americans never know the victories our intelligence provides or 
the crisis it helps us to avoid, but they do learn about its 
occasional setbacks.  And as we prepare our intelligence community to 
face new challenges, we must not forget its many successes.
	     General Carns' broad experience and exceptional 
qualities make him the right leader for our intelligence community in 
this time of challenge and change.  He's distinguished himself as a 
fighter pilot, a military commander and a manager.  He's a proven 
innovator, open to new ways of doing business and skeptical of 
conventional wisdom.  He understands the critical importance of 
intelligence because he's had to rely on it when the lives of 
Americans and the security of our country were on the line.  He's 
taking this critical assignment after having already dedicated a 
whole lifetime of outstanding service to our country.  I thank him 
and his wife for that decision.
	     After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1959, he 
went on to fly over 200 combat missions in Vietnam, where his heroism 
earned him the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He 
served as Director of Operations for the Rapid Deployment Task Force, 
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United State Pacific Command, Vice 
Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the office he held before entering a 
very short-lived retirement last September.
	     And somewhere along the line, he even found time to get 
an MBA from Harvard -- something for which I have already forgiven 
him.  (Laughter.)
	     General Carns also served as Director of the Joint Staff 
during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Both Admiral 
William Crowe and General Colin Powell, who relied on General Carns 
to get the job done when our nation was at war, know and appreciate 
the full measure of this fine man.
	     His exceptional accomplishments are rooted in a 
tradition of patriotism and service instilled in him by his father, 
Major General Edwin Carns of the Army, and by his mother, Jan, whom I 
had the privilege of speaking with yesterday.  Mike and his wife, 
Victoria, have carried on this tradition and passed it along to their 
own children -- Michelle, a cadet at the United States Air Force 
Academy, and Mark, who serves in the Air Force.  Let me say to their 
entire family, the country is proud of your service, and I am, I say 
again, especially grateful to you, Victoria, for supporting this move 
	     General, your mission will be greatly helped by the 
distinguished commission, led by our former Secretary of Defense Les 
Aspin and former Senator Warren Rudman, that I have asked to review 
the missions and structure of our intelligence community.  Together 
and with the help of the Congress, you can build a strong consensus 
for reinvigorating U.S. intelligence so that it pursues clear 
priorities and puts its resources behind the core missions that will 
continue to give our nation the most timely, relevant and honest 
intelligence in the world.
	     As we look to the future, I also want to thank the 
outgoing Director of Central Intelligence, Jim Woolsey, for his 
service.  Thank you, Jim, and we're delighted to see you here today.  
No one has been a more forceful advocate for the intelligence 
community, in my own case, beginning long before I became President.  
His efforts to streamline collection systems and improve the quality 
of analysis will pay off for our country for many years to come.  
	     I'd also like to express my deep appreciation to our 
Acting Director, Bill Studeman, who has served our nation admirably 
for 32 years now.  Both of you have earned out nation's gratitude.
	     Finally, to the men and women of our intelligence 
community whose work often goes unheralded, let me say on behalf of 
all of us and all Americans, your country owes you a debt which can 
never be fully repaid, but we respect it and we appreciate it.  What 
we can do, and what General Mike Carns and I will vow to do, is to 
work with you, to support you, and to challenge you as we build an 
intelligence community for the next century.  
	     General Carns.  (Applause.)
	     GENERAL CARNS:  Mr. President, thank you for this 
opportunity to serve our nation again.  It's certainly an opportunity 
I didn't expect and, quite frankly, my wife, Victoria, and I were 
looking forward to spending more time together after retirement in 
the Air Force.
	     But, Mr. President, there is something about the 
opportunity to serve and the chance to make a difference that is 
simply irresistible.  I am grateful for the confidence you have 
placed in me, and if confirmed, I will do my very best to earn it.   

	     Mr. President, from our conversations these past few 
days, I was struck by your dedication to our intelligence community 
and your determination to prepare it for the new challenges that we 
face.  The Cold War may have passed into history, but regional 
instability, terrorism, drug trafficking, crime, and the 
proliferation of nuclear weapons all loom large as threats to our 
interests and to our people.
	     For all this change, the mission of our intelligence 
community remains constant -- to provide the highest quality 
information, estimates and judgments that our government leaders and 
policymakers need to protect and to advance our national security.  
As you noted a few moments ago, our intelligence community is doing 
an extraordinary job, but often it can't take public credit for its 
successes, even though it must always hold itself accountable for a 
	     I want to work with you to build on the remarkable 
capabilities we have and to improve and adapt them to meet these new 
challenges we must face.  To do that, I believe it is important to 
live by three basic rules:  First, we must demonstrate to the fine 
people in the intelligence community through our actions that 
excellence and performance equal opportunity; merit promotion and 
personal accountability are the standards that we endorse.  
	     The men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency are 
world class professionals who toil tirelessly on behalf of our 
nation's security and interests.  Their achievements must be 
recognized and rewarded.
	     Second, we must be open to change and to innovation.  
Reinvention and downsizing will be major factors, even as we continue 
to produce high-quality intelligence.  We will be leaner, but at the 
same time we will do more of the more important things.
	     Finally, we want to work closely and productively with 
the Congress, with the Aspin Commission and others to foster 
bipartisan support for the intelligence community.  We will take 
seriously their concerns and their suggestions.  After all, we have 
the same goal in mind:  to make intelligence as effective and as 
efficient as possible so that it helps to protect the security of our 
nation and holds the confidence of our people.
	     These principles -- excellence, innovation, productive 
partnerships -- are the ones I intend to live by, and the ones our 
intelligence community should be judged by.  
	     Mr. President, thank you again for this opportunity.  If 
confirmed, I'll be proud to join your national security team.  And 
I'll do my best to ensure that the intelligence community provides 
you with the timely, accurate and unique information you need to 
ensure that we protect America's national interests. 
	     Thank you all very much.  (Applause.)  
	     Oh, what a pleasure.
	     THE PRESIDENT:  This is the first test of his 
centralized intelligence.  (Laughter.)  Any questions?
	     Q	  Are you going to find any spies around?
	     GENERAL CARNS:  I think I recognize that voice.  
	     Q	  Do you think that the CIA needs an overhaul?  I 
mean, they've made a lot of mistakes recently, haven't they?
	     GENERAL CARNS:  I would be happy to respond to your 
questions as soon as I am confirmed.  In the meantime, I will keep my 
	     THE PRESIDENT:  Let me just say one thing.  I think 
recently they deserve a lot of credit for uncovering mistakes that 
were made in the past.  After all, the Ames problem developed before 
the recent history -- it was uncovered in recent history.  They 
deserve credit for solving problems.  The same thing with that big 
building out there.
	     Q	  It took a long time.
	     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we've only been here two years.  
I'm pretty proud of what Mr. Woolsey did and what the CIA has done.  
I think they deserve credit for solving problems.  
	     Q	  Mr. President, on another topic, there's been a lot 
of talk on Capitol Hill today, and a lot of opposition from 
Republicans to your suggestion that Congress get involved in the 
baseball strike.  Can you tell us about that?
	     THE PRESIDENT:  I'll send the legislation up there.  I 
think that this is -- they should be reluctant; I was reluctant; 
we're all reluctant.  If we had a baseball commissioner, we wouldn't 
-- none of us would have been in here.  I respect their reluctance.  
What I think will happen is, I'll send the legislation up, they'll 
hear from the American people, and they'll make their own decision.  
Meanwhile, I hope that the -- last night I really began to hope that 
they'd work it out on their own.  That's still what ought to happen, 
that's the best thing, and I hope they'll do it.
	     Q	   Do you have any regrets about getting involved in 
the first place?
	     THE PRESIDENT:  No, because if I hadn't named a federal 
mediator, without a baseball commissioner, then I would have felt 
that we hadn't gone the last mile to try to help resolve it.  So I'm 
glad I named Mr. Usery.  He did the very best he could.  And I still 
hope they'll work it out.
	     Thank you.
	     Q	  What are you hearing from the Hill about Dr. 
Foster?  What are you hearing about from the Hill --
	     THE PRESIDENT:  I don't know -- I haven't heard much 
from them, but I had lunch with a number of House members today who 
said that, based on what they knew, they were for him, and so am I.  
I think he's a good man.  You read the editorial from his hometown 
newspaper, the Nashville Tennessean, that came out in the last couple 
of days.  His colleague, the only physician in the United States 
Congress, the doctor from Tennessee, Republican doctor from 
Tennessee, who stood up here with him when we announced him.  He is a 
good man, who has delivered thousands of babies and devoted his life 
to trying to prevent the kind of problems that he's now being 
criticized for.  I believe he should be confirmed, and I believe he 
	     Thank you.
	     Q	  Do you think this is just a tactic to get people to 
defeat him because he has favored abortion rights?
	     THE PRESIDENT:  I think he's a good man, and when he has 
his hearings the American people will think so, too.
	     THE PRESS:  Thank you.

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