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Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Goss to be Nominated for CIA Slot

By Steven Taylor @ 7:07 am

Bush Chooses Rep. Goss to Head CIA

President Bush has chosen Rep. Porter Goss, chairman of the House intelligence committee and a one-time Army intelligence operative, to be the new director of the CIA, it was learned Tuesday.

Interesting. I mostly expected that an interim Director would be left in place given the political season (although I suppose that being the political season there is also a countervailing pressure to fill the slot, given the centrality of intelligence to the war on terror).

Goss strikes me as quite qualified, and in less partisan time would likely be easily confirmed. However, since he is a Republican member of Congress, some will oppose (or, at least, slow) his nomination for purely partisan reasons.

For example, Senator Jay Rockefeller signaled such possible obstacles on the July 11 edition of MTP:

MR. RUSSERT: Is Porter Goss one of those names?

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: I’m not getting into names.

MR. RUSSERT: The chairman of the House Intelligence…

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: I don’t think that anybody who should be up for consideration should have a political background.

MR. RUSSERT: And he does.

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: Yes.

It should be interesting.

Filed under: US Politics
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2 Comments»

  1. Actually I think Porter will be confirmed very quickly. His biggest backer in the Senate will be Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL). Porter has a strong and favorable reputation on both sides of the isle in the House. I bet that the worst thing that will be said about him are “that he has a political background” and that “having an old CIA agent running the CIA is like putting the fox to guard the henhouse.” Both lines are losers.

    Comment by Rob M — Tuesday, August 10, 2004 @ 8:40 am

  2. I hope you are correct, Rob. He and Graham have had a few disagreements on security. I do think Goss is the right man for the job, even though I don’t agree with all his politcal stances.
    I say that as someone from FL district 14, so I know a good deal about the man.

    Comment by Kathy K — Tuesday, August 10, 2004 @ 9:31 am

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