“An awful lot of people don’t want to be the bearer of bad tidings to a boss — especially if the boss gets upset with something he doesn’t like,” said former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, who is also a partner in Flynn Intel Group, the general’s consulting firm. “Mike plays it straight, and I don’t think he does so in an offensive way, trying to make a scrap. He is straightforward and clear. And if he thinks X is going badly, he will say, ‘that seems to be going badly for the following three reasons.’ He doesn’t dance around and try to say what the boss may want to hear.”
"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout,I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism, [the socialist, anti-colonialist revolutionary] Franz Fanon,Eurocentrism,and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society's stifling constraints. We weren't indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated."