Frequent correspondent Kurt Touhy asserts that decrying the CIA as a hotbed of liberals that needs a Stalin style (one hopes with less killing) purge may in fact be an indication that right wing extremists in the government have a sense of humor. It's certainly proof that they're hilarious but I'm not sure it's self aware hilarity. But understand that the word "liberal" has undergone a number of permutations in recent years, and is now defined principally as "anyone who disagrees with the President on anything".
You know the long expected Powell resignation followed closely by the Rice appointment reminds me of a line in Star Wars delivered by Peter Cushing's character, the evil Governor Tarkin: "The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away..."
Unfortunately in our current situation nobody can say, "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." Sadly we have not achieved the technological advancement in intergalactic hyperspace travel that would make this possible.
I don't know. Maybe the CIA really is full of liberals. Maybe liberals are like Satan, in that you'll find them in the last place you'd think to look.
(For Satan-searchers, that would be in church).
The intelligence professionals have always considered themselves realists. Welcome to the reality-based community, guys.