[EDITORIALS]Appoint swiftly, wiselyFor the new government to effectively address mounting concerns regarding North Korea’s nuclear program and the U.S.-led war against Iraq, on top of the deepening economic woes, the government should complete the top appointments at central government agencies as early as possible. But when it comes to the National Intelligence Service, the government seems to not have a clear idea about what kind of person the new leader should be. For some agencies, the government canceled its initial plans. For some other agencies, we are compelled to question whether the government appointed qualified officials. We are concerned, under the current situation, whether the central government agencies could pull together in case of possible emergencies.
It is a serious problem that the intelligence agency has been adrift without a captain for more than a month now. The new government has been indecisive about what the new roles and mission statements of the agency should be. Disagreements at the heart of the political power over the boundaries of intelligence collecting have led to confusion in the criteria for the new leader of the information agency, which has changed from “field commander” to “political bigwig,” and again, to “a reformative expert in overseas operations.” Intelligence specialists must be what the government goes after. Politics must not have a place in the process.
We want to ask whether the government thoroughly examined the qualifications of newly appointed high officials since some appointments were canceled suddenly, and some were changed without apparent reasons. An official for the Blue House had a slip of the tongue regarding the sensitive security issue.
We demand the new government review its current personnel system to minimize such confusion. Personnel management is what completes government policies. We are facing a crisis in which the government must concentrate its efforts on girding ourselves and seeking solutions. Let us not allow conflicts in personnel management to undermine this administration.