August 12, 2004

THE LESS THEY LIKE HIM THE MORE WE DO:

CIA dismay at Porter Goss' nomination as DCIA (Richard Sale, August 11, 2004, Insight)

President George W. Bush has nominated Rep. Porter Goss as new CIA director, a proposal which has so far caused little rejoicing at the agency, according to several serving and former agents interviewed by United Press International.

During an announcement made in the White House Rose Garden, Bush described Goss, 65, a Florida Republican as "the right man with strong experience in intelligence and in fighting against terrorism."

This was immediately disputed by two former senior agents.

"When was he in the CIA?" asked former top CIA Iraq analyst Judith Yaphe of Goss's agency career.

When told that Goss had been a case officer from the mid-1960s until 1971, dealing with Latin America, Yaphe said: "But that is so long ago. It's not as if the cultures at the agency now were anywhere near what they were back then. I would worry about his genuine depth of knowledge."


Yeah, those bureaucracies are notoriously fluid. In the '60s they were ignorant about communism. Now they're ignorant about Islamicism. Totally different.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2004 12:08 PM
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Ye Gods! Pick someone from the Boston phone directory (well, might want to make that Peoria instead).

Sound like someone is bitter. Someone who should have known better.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 12, 2004 3:59 PM
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