Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year, and The Very Happy New Era! | Director Brennan, thank you.

Happy New Year, and The Very Happy New Era! 

Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 


It's the thing, you know, I say that sleep is overrated. But these are tough jobs, and I'm looking forward to reintroducing myself to my family, spending time with them, maybe reintroducing myself to American culture and reading some books that don't have anything to do with intelligence and national security. Or seeing some movies. I understand that there are still movie theaters out there. So there are some things that I haven't had the opportunity to do, after 36 years or so of being in this profession, one that I absolutely love and cherish. And this is the ultimate capstone of my career. I could never see doing another government job, because no government job can come anywhere close to being director of CIA.
What's the first book on your nightstand that you're going to get to?
I don't know, I'm going to sort of wander through a bookstore and to see what is out there. I do want to do something that is very different than what I have been doing right now, just from an intellectual stimulation standpoint. Maybe write some fiction. I know that you are a very accomplished author of fiction.
Thank you.
I have a couple of ideas and, you know, that I would be able to ...
Really? Maybe a spy thriller then.
Not a spy thriller. It'll be something else. We'll see.
I will look forward to reading it. 
Director Brennan, thank you. 
Thank you, Mary Louise. And thank you for your interest in national security and these interviews that we've conducted over the years. I presume that this will be the last one that I'll have the opportunity to talk to you as a government official. Thank you.
I thank you for your time. Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.