He's good at his job. And the nature of his job is to orchestrate death, in the name of information; to manipulate people for a greater good that from an up close and personal level is hard to put above all else... he can't afford to see people
, he has to keep his eyes on the overall wellbeing of the nation. Otherwise... england would be screwed.
I dont like
him as such but I get it, I suppose. Though some comments - ie. Alex being acceptable collateral damage, especially in the first few books... like he's something to be used once and tossed out... that got to me. But then I guess it was supposed to