Flash: Porter Goss Abruptly Resigns as CIA Chief

Another rat leaves stinking shit story. Last time it was Scott McClellan. This time it’s Porter Goss, the jackass Bush put in charge of the CIA less than two years ago and who proceeded to, as per usual with Bush and his appointees, force out competent career people in favor of incompetent buddies. Goss, if you recall, took over the CIA after Bush previously failed appointee, George Tenet, was forced to resign over the intentional intelligence failures that let Bush lie us into the Iraq war. On Goss’s way out Bush said “He has led ably.” I believe that translates to “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,” which is what he said in the midst of obvious Katrina-crisis-management failure to the incompetent FEMA leader he appointed, Mike Brown. Once again, the only person Bush is fooling is himself. It is sad a pitiful for Bush personally, and disgraceful to the U.S. nationally, to have that man, who will go down as the worst leader to date in American history, hold the office of the President.


Flash: Porter Goss Abruptly Resigns as CIA Chief

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA chief Porter Goss, assigned to rebuild the U.S. spy agency after huge intelligence lapses over the September 11 attacks and Iraq, abruptly quit on Friday after less than two years on the job.

President George W. Bush gave no explanation for Goss’ resignation, praising the former member of Congress from Florida for his candid advice.

The announcement was made at a hastily arranged event in the Oval Office attended by Goss and John Negroponte, director of national intelligence.

“Porter’s tenure at the CIA was one of transition. He’s helped this agency become integrated into the intelligence community. That was a tough job. He’s led ably,” Bush said.

The CIA fell under a newly created director of national intelligence as part of reforms enacted after intelligence failures related to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Some bureaucratic wrangling has resulted as the new intelligence arm sought to assert itself over the CIA and met some opposition from the veteran spy agency.

“I’m confident that his successor will continue reforms that he’s put in place and as a result, this country will be more secure,” Bush said.

IRAQ INTELLIGENCE FAILURES

Goss, brought in after George Tenet resigned in the face of mounting criticism of intelligence failures over the Iraq war, said he would like to report that the CIA is “on a very even keel, it’s sailing well.”

“I honestly believe that we have improved dramatically your goals for our nation’s intelligence capabilities, which are in fact the things that I think that are keeping us very safe,” he said.

There was talk among intelligence experts in Washington that Goss had been asked to resign by Negroponte, but no immediate confirmation.

“I’ve never been as concerned about our nation’s security as I am this week,” U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (news, bio, voting record) of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor as saying last week.

“We still don’t have a handle on al Qaeda,” she said. “Our intelligence reorganization is in a slow start-up, and the CIA is in free fall.”

(Additional reporting by David Morgan, Caren Bohan and Tabassum Zakaria)

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