The Showdown Over Who Will Run America's Spooks

Robert M. Gates, President Bush's controversial choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency, seems likely to survive a politically charged Senate confirmation fight. Democrats will use Gates's involvement in the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran to revive questions about Bush's possible involvement in the Iran-contra scandal. But even if Gates succeeds in deflecting partisan parries, he'll soon find himself in a nasty fight over a congressional drive to play a bigger role in directing U. S. intelligence efforts.

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