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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Gossing over the shortcomings

The word "porter" means, according to Encarta, "somebody who is employed to carry people’s luggage." And Porter Goss, the clown appointed to be the new CIA chief, has been a luggage-carrier for aWol for quite a while. Fred Kaplan at Slate tells us more about the luggage-carrier, and wonders why a former agent has been so unconcerned about the outing of a CIA agent for political purposes:
Goss also came to Bush's aid a few months earlier, during the Joseph Wilson-Valerie Plame scandal. One would think that a former CIA spy might be appalled by reports that a White House official had publicly exposed the identity of an undercover agent, especially as an act of political retaliation against the agent's spouse. The blatant politicization of intelligence is, or should be, anathema to any professional spy—or prospective CIA director.

But Goss waved off the whole business. In an interview with his hometown paper, the Herald-Tribune of southwestern Florida, Goss said the uproar was the result of "wild and unsubstantiated allegations, which are being obviously piled on by partisan politicians during an election year." There was no need to mount an investigation, he said, because there was no evidence of "willful disclosure" (though how he reached that conclusion without an investigation, he didn't say). Then, in a jab against Bush's favorite target, Bill Clinton, Goss cracked, "Somebody sends me a blue dress and some DNA, I'll have an investigation."