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Porter Goss Quits The CIA – No Sucessor Named

The terrorists and their fellow America haters score another victory.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

President Bush, right, shakes hands with CIA Director Porter Goss after it was announced that Goss was resigining, in a statement in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 5, 2006, in Washington.

CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – CIA Director Porter Goss resigned unexpectedly Friday, leaving behind a spy agency still battling to recover from the scars of intelligence failures before America’s worst terrorist attack and faulty information that formed the U.S. rationale for invading Iraq.

It was the latest move in a second-term shake-up of President Bush’s team.

Making the announcement from the Oval Office, Bush called Goss’ tenure one of transition.

"He has led ably," Bush said, Goss at his side. "He has a five-year plan to increase the analysts and operatives."

The president did not name a successor.

The former congressman from Florida, head of the House Intelligence Committee and CIA agent had been at the helm of the agency only since September 2004.

He came under fire almost immediately, in part because he brought with him several top aides from Congress who were considered highly political for the CIA.

He had particularly poor relations with segments of the agency’s powerful clandestine service. In a bleak assessment, California Rep. Jane Harman, the Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, recently said, "The CIA is in a free fall," noting that employees with a combined 300 years of experience have left or been pushed out.

The realignment of Bush’s team amid the president’s sagging poll standings started with the resignation of Andrew Card as chief of staff and his replacement by Joshua Bolten, who had been the budget director.

Officials have done little to discourage speculation that Treasury Secretary John Snow is leaving.

Bush said that Goss had "helped make this country a safer place" and said "we’ve got to win the war on terror."

Said Goss: "I would like to report to you that the agency (CIA) is back on a very even keel and sailing well."

The CIA has come in for harsh criticism in recent years, not only for questionable prewar intelligence on Iraq but also in connection with the failure of it and a host of other federal agencies to coordinate information closely in connection with the terrorist threat.

Questions about the CIA’s performance in connection with Iraq involved mostly George Tenet, Goss’s predecessor.

Last fall, Goss defended his agency’s track record and insisted "we know more than we’re able to say publicly" about terror chiefs Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The al-Qaida leaders haven’t been found "primarily because they don’t want us to find them and they’re going to great lengths to make sure we don’t find them," Goss said in a November interview on ABC’s "Good Morning America."

"We’re applying a lot of efforts to find out where they are." He insisted that the CIA knows "a good deal more" about the men "than we’re able to say publicly."

Apparently things are even worse than we thought.

But I especially love this quote:

In a bleak assessment, California Rep. Jane Harman, the Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, recently said, "The CIA is in a free fall," noting that employees with a combined 300 years of experience have left or been pushed out.

Sorry, Jane about Mary McCarthy getting canned for leaking to the press. Did she give you money, too?

I guess this explains Goss’s sudden departure.

Can’t have him hurting the DNC’s source of income and agit-prop.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 5th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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