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Porter Goss Resigns

CIA Director Porter Goss resigned. Frankly, I’m not surprised. This is the guy who said of his new position, “The jobs I’m being asked to do, the five hats that I wear, are too much for this mortal. I’m a little amazed at the workload.” Hardly inspiring of confidence. But if this were just another tale of incompetence in the Bush Administration, it wouldn’t be much of a story.

Goss complained that his job has "a huge amount of ambiguity in it. I don't know by law what my direct relationship is with John Negroponte, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld or other top officials involved with intelligence." According to scuttlebutt, he just found out.

The office of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was unenthusiastically created by President Bush and the GOP Congress in response to the intelligence failures that led to 9/11, the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and pressure from Democrats and the American public to fix the problem. The DNI's job is to coordinate and focus the 15 different US intelligence agencies, and he has control over their budgets and personnel.

Apparently, Porter Goss had a problem with that, and he found out who was boss.

I'm actually glad this happened, even beyond the fact that Goss was in over his head and widely reviled within his own agency.

One of the biggest fears about the new intelligence position was that -- like the Director of Homeland Security -- it wouldn't be taken seriously (DHS Secretary Tom Ridge himself felt the DHS was unnecessary -- making him the perfect candidate from the Republican point of view, I guess), and that President Bush wouldn't back up the DNI as things got sorted out. Just like the Department of Homeland Security, President Bush and the Republican Congress didn't think intelligence reform was necessary until public outcry made it a political issue for them.

So, I hope the scuttlebutt is accurate and this episode serves to strengthen the Director of National Security in whipping our intelligence community into shape. God knows -- as we get sucked further into a conflict with Iran -- they need it.

Posted by American Pundit at May 6, 2006 8:20 AM
Comment #145858

I agree, Goss has had problems with Negroponte snd others. And Bush has the porpensity to retain people longer than he should and he protects them even from his own people. But, I think that hookergate was probably the last straw.

going to the country

Posted by: jlw at May 6, 2006 9:00 AM
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Bush & co. isn’t doing a damn thing but screwing up our intelligence services by putting it all under one idiotic DNI umbrella to share (read fight over) one budget. I say we keep the upgrades to interdepartmental communication and intel sharing and put the god-damn thing back as it friggin’ was. The republicans are doing nothing but just dicking around like they always do. What a bunch of asses.

Yeah and let’s do away with FEMA as it embarrassed this moronic dimwitted idiot of a president.Where do these stupid republicans come up with this stuff? Bush claims he wants to lower gas prices by PUTTING A TARRIF ON FOREIGN OIL???? Whaaaaaaaaat?!!!!!!

Is there nothing these dingbat republitards don’t screw up? The integrity of the CIA is just one casualty of many. Remember when Bush took away the black berets from the Black Berets?

Porter Goss the overly lax yet slothlike CIA director may have been involved with the gov. contract bribery scandal and hookergate—gee why don’t I doubt that? Who would doubt any of it at this point? There’s no low that these corrupt dumb-ass republicans won’t stoop to.

Honeymoon’s over republicans, see you in November. Mental masterbation does not suffice as coherent policy—Republicans have proven themselves slow to learn that one.

Posted by: Novenge at May 6, 2006 11:21 AM
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The turf war is a cover story. Here is a cut and paste from my post on the other thread last night. Two updates- Godd may or may not be involved in the sexual aspect, but he’s doomed by his association with Dusty Foggo, Goss’s appointment to the #3 position at the CIA. Also, supposedly has a major story to break. Or maybe it’s servers are down. We’ll see. Here you go…

What is going on with Republicans and gay hookers?

No one in the red column will raise this topic, but it seems worth discussing. After all, the upcoming election will undoubtedly see issues near and dear to the social conservatives once again becoming a focus. Last election, coming out in favor of a constitutional amendment preventing homosexual marriage worked like a charm. Will it be an option this time?

Will it work again, given the prediliction of Republican politicians for gay hookers?

Personally, the ‘gay’ in ‘gay hookers’ should be irrevelevant, don’t you agree? But given election dynamics, the faux moral righteousness of some, and even the occasional homophobia of a few among the right’s base, I suppose the gay aspect of gay hookers should be considered.

I’m not talking about Jeff Gannon- you know, the gay hooker who pretended to be a reporter, and was actually called on by the Press Secretary. Although Jeff Gannon made dozens of unexplained visits to the White House unrelated to press conferences, well, that’s just another White House secret, eh?

Personally, I’m not particularly offended by hookers, gay or straight. Prostitution is considered a sin by some- again, there’s that election dynamic and the nature of the Republican base to consider- but let’s move past the gay versus straight hooker portion of the discussion, and on to the meat of this matter.

What is it with Republican congressman partying with gay hookers in exchange for votes & contracts?

Can anyone from the red column explain this?

I don’t care about the sexual orientation of Duke Cunningham or Porter Goss or Duncan Hunter (R-CA) or Jerry Lewis (R-CA). I’m not particularly offended if they partook of hookers, gay or straight. For those who felt so offended by Clinton’s sexual conduct, they’ll have to make their own judgments on this matter.

It’s all rumor, of course. But it’s swirling around various sites, in particular the name of Goss, and his sudden resignaton seems hilariously coincidental. A turf war with Negroponte, & Goss defending the CIA’s honor? What a hoot. Supposedly there are pictures. I wonder how much evidence of bribery exists? It seems Goss’s personal appointment to the #3 position at the CIA is deeply incriminated.

Posted by: phx8 at May 6, 2006 11:46 AM
Comment #145889

I dunno, phx8. I saw your post before I wrote this article and I googled around, and any role that Goss might have had in that stuff is all conjecture. The Negroponte/Goss power struggle is the story the insiders are leaking, and I hope that’s what tis is all about.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 6, 2006 12:42 PM
Comment #145945

What is it with Oddly-Named Republicans and Prostitutes? Remember Bebe Rebozo and the Puerto Rican Hookers? And now we have Dusty Foggo and the Watergate Tea-Party. Mymymy…


Posted by: Betty Burke at May 6, 2006 9:01 PM
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Scooter Libby & Miller???

Posted by: Marysdude at May 7, 2006 9:20 PM
Comment #146140

Do you think they’ll call him “Scooter” in Prison while they’re Riding Him around the shower?


Posted by: Betty Burke at May 8, 2006 8:08 AM
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