Sunday, November 14, 2004

Clean up time at the Agency

It would appear that Porter Goss is wasting no time in cleaning house over at the C.I.A. How do we know this? Because the Washington Post crying like a little girl with a skinned knee:

Within the past month, four former deputy directors of operations have tried to offer CIA Director Porter J. Goss advice about changing the clandestine service without setting off a rebellion, but Goss has declined to speak to any of them, said former CIA officials aware of the communications.

The four senior officials represent nearly two decades of experience leading the Directorate of Operations under both Republican and Democratic presidents. The officials were dismayed by the reaction and were concerned that Goss has isolated himself from the agency's senior staff, said former clandestine service officers aware of the offers.
Also, Sen. John McCain said the following this morning on ABC's This Week:
"This is a dysfunctional agency and in some ways a rogue agency. This is the agency that gave the president of the United States - when he asked for information about weapons of mass destruction - said, 'It's a slam dunk.'"

The Arizona Republican accused disloyal elements within the CIA of working to undermine President Bush, complaining that they had engaged in "leaking information that could be damaging to the president prior to the election - using a compliant media, if I may say so."

Goss must be doing what is badly needed at CIA because the MSM is screaming mad about it. There goes all those unidentified sources and books by nameless former agents slamming the president.

Next step: clean out the dead wood at Foggy Bottom.