Can someone please explain this to me?
Now, I don't know about this particular case - maybe there were good reasons for this guy not to get promoted. But for the FBI director to flat out say that "leadership skills" (whatever that means!) are more important than actual counterterrorism and Middle Eastern knowledge is astounding.
"Mr Mueller also testified that in the immediate aftermath of the attacks he did not instruct his managers to ensure that agents with the most experience of counter-terrorism were put to work on the war on terror. "
Incidentally...why couldn't I find this story on CNN? Even Fox News reported it
From the Fox story (which, surprisingly, is even more damning!):
Mueller described his top anti-terror managers' knowledge of dealing with foreign governments, Middle East history, international terrorism and al-Qaida this way: "Helpful, not essential."