Shake-up in the CIA

Posted by: ST on May 5, 2006 at 2:08 pm

As I figured, I’m swamped today but just got the MSNBC news alert that CIA Director Porter Goss has resigned. Via AP:

WASHINGTON – CIA Director Porter Goss is resigning, President Bush said Friday.

Bush called Goss’ tenure one of transition. “He has led ably” Bush said from the Oval Office. “He has a five-year plan to increase the analysts and operatives.”

Goss, a former congressman, had directed the spy agency since September 2004.

Bush said that Goss has “helped make this country a safer place.”

“We’ve got to win the war on terror” Bush added.

Goss, for his part, said that “I would like to report to you that the agency is back on a very even keel and sailing well.”

“Sailing well?” Not really – but he’s supposed to say that.

PM Update 11:42 PM ET: Tom Maguire speculates on the “why” question, as does Captain Ed.

AllahPundit has a link roundup. Watch the President Bush/Porter Goss press conference here.

More: Time magazine is reporting that Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden is “likely” to be named Goss’ successor.

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4 Responses to “Shake-up in the CIA”


  1. Lorica says:

    Seems like Goss’s job is done now. He feerotted out all the weasels. It will be interesting to see who replaces him. – Lorica

  2. stackja1945 says:

    Intelligent intelligence is not easy.:(

  3. Wading through the morass of guesses as to why the sudden departure, the most likely senario is Goss never got over having the agency, and himself, dropped to tied with several otheres for secound under Negropointe and National intelligence. There is some talk that Negropointe did not think Goss was moving fast enough. In any event Dana Priest, the reporter who wrote the non-story exposing non-existant secret CIA prisons, and recieved a meaningless Pulitzer, and her “friends” inside the agency should not be crowing too loudly. The person most talked about as Goss’s possible replacement is one General Heyden, repairer of the NSA, and if anything even more determined to put the anti-Bush moles out of business.

    – Bang **==

  4. benning says:

    I think Goss missed quite a few ‘bad apples’. MAybe he just got burned out. Seems there’s a lot of problems in the CIA, what with Stae Department wannabes infesting the place.

    More firings are needed, and a few more exposures of the leftist traitors who are trying to turn the CIA into a Democrat Party arm.