It’s better to be on the inside, maybe be able to change something, than be on the outside and not be able to change anything.[Sandrine Arnaud: How could you be in the CIA, knowing everything your government does?]
When you work behind a desk, your friends don’t get killed. They don’t get captured. They don’t go down in helicopters. But it’s the work, it’s the real work that still needs to get done.
There is no version of this job that doesn’t require compromise, not if you want to do something that matters.