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Porter Goss Resigns As CIA Director

From The Washington Post:

CIA Director Porter J. Goss resigned today after less than two years on the job, President Bush announced at the White House.


Bush said Goss offered his resignation this morning and that "I've accepted it."

Neither the president nor Goss, who sat to Bush's right as he made the announcement in the Oval Office, gave a reason for the resignation.

No successor has been named, nor was there an indication as to whether there will be other changes at the Agency.

Goss's sudden departure might be related to the investigation into the CIA's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo. Foggo was tied to the Duke Cunningham bribery scandal via his close friendship with San Diego businessman Brent Wilkes (see this Union Tribune piece), and was the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors. It's possible that Goss may have gone to the mat to save his job. Of course it's possible he just wanted to "spend more time with his family."


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Comments (10)

So what possible reasons ar... (Below threshold)

So what possible reasons are there for Goss to resign?

1. He disagrees with Bush on policy issues?

2. He disagrees with Bush for pressing leak investigations into the CIA

3. Bush has lost confidence in Goss and asked him to resign? Perhaps Goss was part of the problem of intelligence leaks and not part of the solution.

4. Goss is just tired of Washington and wants to spend a few years making big bucks in the corporate world as a "consultant" and enjoy his retirement.

I'm leaning towards Door #3 at the moment.

-Michael McCullough
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It seems the mystery of the... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

It seems the mystery of the timing (due to the
news bonanza of Crashing Kennedy's being undermined)
is all but solved. Sex and money, fortunately,
will never be outlawed by the party of Family Values,
because it's just too much damned fun!.

hat tip to the Cunnigham Cunnilingus Crew.

What do you mean? the dems ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

What do you mean? the dems are the party of freelancing gymnastics in the oval office! why would you want to outlaw that?

Door #4 Poker thing (pun in... (Below threshold)
Drew E.:

Door #4 Poker thing (pun intended)seriously though..Medal of Freedom in the near future for this guy..

#4 He was tired of... (Below threshold)

#4

He was tired of Washington BEFORE he took the job (and his wife even more so). He's local - we hear things. He felt he was needed and took it - I wasn't sure that he would take the job at all. (I was glad he did.)

Choosing between:... (Below threshold)
Lee:
Choosing between:

1. He disagrees with Bush on policy issues?

2. He disagrees with Bush for pressing leak investigations into the CIA

3. Bush has lost confidence in Goss and asked him to resign? Perhaps Goss was part of the problem of intelligence leaks and not part of the solution.

4. Goss is just tired of Washington and wants to spend a few years making big bucks in the corporate world as a "consultant" and enjoy his retirement.

#3 is the lmost unlikely, in my opinion, in that Bush would have had a ready replacement on hand. Goss has surprised Bush, leaving #1, 2 and #4 all equally likley.

But given my spin on #3, our #4 would therefore suggest that Goss isn't a team player, and I suspect "loyal lap dog" is one of the highest evaluation criteria Bush places on an appointment like this. So I say throw out #4.

It >feels to me like we're witnessing a Bush adminstration meltdown, so I will give a thumbs up to both #1 and #2. I'm guessing Goss is also enough of a team player that he wouldn't just up and decide he disagrees on basic policy that is as old as dirt (meaning no surprises reacently), so why the suddeness if he just #1. disagrees with Bush on policy issues....

So I choose number 2 - 2. He disagrees with Bush for pressing leak investigations into the CIA, with a side order of #4 for good measure. He does have health problems, which could be worsening.

If I win I choose the "Freelancing Gymnastics in the Oval Office Gone Wild!" DVD as my prize. Thanks.

It's all over the web, and ... (Below threshold)
mak44:

It's all over the web, and even in the WSJ a few days ago, about the FBI investigation of the Watergate "Hospitality Suite" and an insider close to the investigation hinted that a "former congressman now (until today) holding a high level intelligence post is being looked at. Foggo, Goss's #3 at the CIA is already linked to this Watergate/hooker affair and never was a congressman.

What we are likely seeing unfold is a Republican Family Values scheme where present & former GOP congressmen tristed w. good ole Republican family values whores provided by elements of K Street as they curried legislative favors.

The '90's were the age of all the -gate scandals as they were dubbed by the righties.

Behold, now we have a GOP Family Values whores-for-legilative-favors scandal at, of all places, the Watergate Towers with possibly the CIA Director in attendance.

Shall we call it the GOP Forni-gate Scandal?!!

This is not a story; this i... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

This is not a story; this is office chemistry & office politics; save your eyes, your energy and your ink.

Popcorn! get your hot butte... (Below threshold)
Dick Morrass:

Popcorn! get your hot buttered popcorn! and enjoy the next conspiracy nut theory uncovered by the one and only MakSandy44Burglargate! free admission just pay at the door.

Hey Dick MoreassSo... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Hey Dick Moreass

So you think it's a joke. Check out Drudge or Raw Story re the Daily News story that it was indeed Goss's link to Forni-gate that forced him out.

Good ole Gop & Whores & Family Values.




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