I wonder, Porter Goss. Two weeks ago, when you fired Mary McCarthy just weeks shy of her retirement, did you have any idea you'd be resigning yourself so quickly?
I'm just asking, you see, because I find the timing rather ironic. And perhaps even suspect. A mere two weeks ago, you were conducting what, by all appearances now looks like a partisan witch hunt. Making an example out of a woman who gave some money to Bush's political opponent. But who didn't, according to reports and a little logic, have anything to do with the leaks about black prisons that supposedly have set our WOT back so far.
And then, remarkably, just 5 days later, journalists everywhere are suddenly able to confirm the rumors they've been hearing for months (but couldn't find proof for before), rumors about whores and limos and poker games and questionable hiring practices. Not only confirm the rumors, but promise, in the not too distant future, pictures.
Fast forward another week, and here we are. You've issued one denial after another that your or your buddy Dusty Foggo had anything to do with those whores we've been hearing about. But somehow, just two weeks to the day after firing someone for what might be regarded as specious reasons, we hear you're stepping down.
I'm having a tough time deciding whether I believe in justice, or just in the determination of spooks who have gotten fed up with the bullshit.
Update: One of the things Goss mentioned in his resignation is keeping secrets:
When I came to CIA in September of 2004, I wanted to accomplish some very specific things, and we have made great strides on all fronts, from our field-forward approach, to welcoming record numbers of new employees who are today receiving better training than ever before. We have reintegrated support, and improved tradecraft across the board -- part of which is keeping our secrets. We also are reinvigorating and enhancing our analytic capabilities with an even stronger role for alternative analysis. And, there is no question, that CIA remains the leader of cutting edge research and technology, which enables our security mission.
"I may have gotten fired in disgrace, but I fired one woman because she didn't keep secrets!!"
Actually, there's another interesting bit, given the rumors that Goss was fired because he refused to fire Foggo (probably owes him a poker debt or something):
I am proud of CIA's leadership team. They share a deep dedication to improving the Agency's capabilities, and are driven by a complete dedication to mission. Given the new IC architecture, it was imperative to have a team that worked not as individual directorates, but as one. They have helped me, and CIA as a whole, in our ongoing inter-agency discussions related to this new architecture.
Defiant to the end?