The Director of National Intelligence is designated as the principal intelligence to the White House and the chief of 16 different federal intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the National Security Agency. Blair, who was forced to resign from his post and was replaced by James Clapper, said in Aspen that the White House had chosen to side with the CIA over him in an internal power struggle.
"They sided with the CIA in ways that were public enough that it undercut my position," said Blair.
On Friday, when asked about Blair's contention that drone attacks may do more harm than good, White House press secretary Jay Carney told Jake Tapper of ABC News, "Without addressing specific methods, I would say simply that we believe our relationship with Pakistan is essential to fighting terrorism and terrorists, fighting al Qaeda, and that's why we work hard on that relationship, even though it is complicated and difficult at times."
"We also make no apologies for the need to go after terrorists, members of al Qaeda, wherever they are," added Carney, "and that is certainly true about the mission to eliminate Osama bin Laden."