Here's something i've been thinking about re Richard Clarke and other intelligence experts who've been slowing quitting or being forced out of their lifetime career jobs over the past two or three years. See this Reuters story: Yahoo! News - U.S. Terrorism Policy Spawns Steady Staff Exodus.
I've noted this exodus as it happened, mostly because Josh Marshall (see the links list) took care to point them out as they happened, particularly Clarke and Beers in Jan 2003.
The Bush Administration likes to cheapen the opinion Clarke (and Beers) as purely partisan rhetoric. But the fact is they weren't partisan until they actually had to work for the Bushies.