<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Porter Goss tried to warn us

Monday, November 15, 2004

Porter Goss tried to warn us

Porter Goss, the new CIA chief who admitted to Michael Moore's camera crew that he was ill-suited for today's CIA, has a mess on his hands. The latest casualty: John E. McLaughlin, a 32-year CIA veteran who was acting director for two months this summer until Goss took over. According to several current and former CIA officials (of which the number is mounting), McLaughlin resigned after a series of confrontations between senior operations officials and Goss's new chief of staff.

McLaughlin warned Goss that his top aide, former Capitol Hill staff member Patrick Murray, was treating senior officials disrespectfully and risked widespread resignations. Indeed, several other senior "clandestine service officers" are threatening to leave, current and former agency officials said.

Why all the attrition? Apparently, morale is low at the CIA because they feel unfairly blamed for the so-called "faulty intelligence" that led to the war on Iraq.

Memo to George W. Bush: Here's yet another chance to prove that you're a uniter, not a divider...



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