Well, it’s good to know that Bush is selecting (as usual) the best person for the job. Here’s what his choice (Porter Goss) for CIA director had to say on March 3 about his own suitability for the job:
I couldn’t get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified. I don’t have the language skills. I, you know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff. We’re looking for Arabists today. I don’t have the cultural background probably. And I certainly don’t have the technical skills, uh, as my children remind me every day: ‘Dad you got to get better on your computer.’ Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don’t have.
Now, granted, he was talking to Michael Moore’s people when he said it–but he didn’t know that, did he? 🙂
But what I find even more interesting is the way Bush (who praised Tenet as “superb,” and never admitted that there was anything wrong with the CIA under Tenet’s leadership) is now praising Goss as a “reformer”–which would seem to imply that the thinks the CIA does need some reform after all.
Over 15 years of service, Porter Goss has built a reputation as a reformer. He’ll be a reformer at the Central Intelligence Agency. I look forward to his counsel and his judgments as to how best to implement broader intel reform, including the recommendations of the 9/11 commission.
Flip? or flop?