Newsmax.com - Ken Timmerman Hoekstra: Obama Should Fire CIA Chief Hayden Monday, December 22, 2008 3:19 PM By: Kenneth R. Timmerman The top Republican on the House intelligence committee thinks President-elect Obama should fire CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, and replace him with his own appointee. Never one to mince words, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R, Michigan) is urging Obama to replace Gen. Hayden with a civilian as soon as he takes office. As critical as president-elect Obama has been with some of the policies of the intelligence community, I think he needs to make the change sooner rather than later, Hoekstra told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. I think President Obama should get control of these agencies and put his imprint on them immediately. I think it would be a mistake for him to wait for six months, he said. Hoekstra was highly critical of Hayden because of what he sees as a military culture of stonewalling Congress that Hayden has cultivated since taking over as director of CIA in 2006.