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Although the Obama Administration on occasion allowed US Army Special Forces into battle zones in support of our allies, most foreign policy initiatives were introduced through the end of a pen. Obama was determined to avoid utilizing US military power at every opportunity, although he did not shy away from imposing sanctions. Over time, the Obama foreign policy became more and more difficult to define. The intelligence agencies started to suffer a higher rate of officer turnover than usual. I can’t say for certain that the Directorate of Operations received more resignations and early-retirements that expected because of Obama’s policies, but I believe they had a definite impact. I have yet to meet a CIA employee who is not a true patriot. One of the main reasons people apply to join the Agency is the opportunity to support US foreign policy from the front lines. Regardless of personal politics, many officers became frustrated by their inability to decipher our long-term foreign policy goals. I know numerous officers from different directorates who left the Agency during the Obama Administration, and in most instances it was because of job dissatisfaction. Don’t misunderstand; I didn’t hear complaints about management, working conditions, benefits, or inter-office issues. Frequently I was told that the mission had lost its clarity. The rapid withdrawal from Iraq impacted many Agency officers personally, and later during the Obama presidency, the nuclear agreement with Iran was opposed by many in the intel community. . . read remainder of story>>