In 1988, he was head of the Near East Division of the CIA's Directorate of Operations. He had a significant impact on the events in Afghanistan immediately before the Soviet Union's withdrawal. He later described former president Bill Clinton as "personally afraid of any connection with the CIA".
- Loeb, Vernon., Washington Post, 4 February 2000, p. A29: "Ex-Spy's Mission at CIA: Burying the Bureaucracy as Agency Administrator, Deputy Means Business"
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