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Thrown Under The Bus

Porter Goss, who resigned this past week from his post as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was supposedly given a mandate to shape up an agency full of leakers and squeakers.

He actually took the mandate to heart and many malcontents left the agency. Amazingly, a few weeks ago, he even tracked down one of the leakers and had her terminated. For his efforts he was unceremoniously sacked, although technically he offered his resignation and the President accepted it.

In an interview with Kelly O'Donnell, Vice-President Dick Cheney said Goss did "a reasonably good job." What exactly did the administration expect from Goss in the short time he was at the CIA?

FEMA Director Michael Brown was tossed under the bus for the failings of New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and now Goss is pitched under the same bus. Read more about the Chertoff/Brown controversy here in an article by Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey of the Knight Ridder Newspapers.

As thousands of hurricane victims went without food, water and shelter in the days after Katrina's early morning Aug. 29 landfall, critics assailed Brown for being responsible for delays that might have cost hundreds of lives.

But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director.

At this point in time, you would have to be an idiot to go to work for the Bush administration.


Posted by Rick | May 9, 2006 12:40 AM

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