Angus King teaches senators how to question

Washington Examiner | 2/13/2018 | Tom Rogan
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Questioning U.S. intelligence directors on Tuesday, Angus King, I-Maine, gave his fellow senators a lesson on how to question top government officials.

First off, he made his questions — not self-promoting speeches — the centerpiece of his allotted time. This is an all-too-rare quality for senators on television. Unfortunately, when it comes to others like Kamala Harris, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and Rand Paul (although Paul claims he does the opposite), the temptation to play to their base often overrides the duty to seek necessary information from the executive branch.

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Instead, King chose to push the assembled directors on a crucially important issue: strategic deterrence in cyberspace.

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Asking how the U.S. can hope to secure itself in cyberspace if our focus falls so dominantly on defensive tactics, King made the directors uncomfortable. He knows that their impulse is to live in the silent world, saving capabilities rather than utilizing them. Yet King's job, as with all senators,...
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