Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, was sharply critical of the CIA and the U.S. Congress in an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday.
"We could have less feckless leadership in the Congress in terms of oversight. And I'm not just talking about the Select Committees in the House and the Senate for Intelligence. I'm talking about the leadership in the Congress.
This has been the most feckless Congress ever since 2000 that I've seen in my 65 years. I just don't think there's leadership over there. It's spineless, it lacks courage, lacks political will.
I shudder for the fact that we've got to face these economic and financial challenges we've got to face -- Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and other things -- and we don't have a Congress that has any leadership."
About the CIA, Wilkerson had this to say:
"... (T)he CIA does not have the leadership, not the good people in the ranks of the CIA, but the leadership of the CIA does not have a stellar record about telling the full and unequivocal truth about its covert operations."