May 05 2006
Folks, you remember when Bush apparently hesitated about creating homeland defense and a new overarching intelligence infrastructure? Remember the outcry from the left and the media that he wasn’t following the 9-11 commission’s recommendations? Remember when he had supposedly surrendered (August 2004 for anyone interested – which is a year after the Plame Game blew).
Well now we have news Porter Goss has ‘abruptly‘ retired. Recall that Porter Goss was a very, very powerful Congressman who pulled the purse strings at the CIA (among other places). I had always wondered why he left the powerful position to become the whipping boy of US Representative who use to answer to him. And unless you have worked at the levels of Government where you have to go to the Hill to defend budgets, plans and performance you have no idea what a thankless job that can be. (I have friends at NASA who do it and I have immense sympathy for them).
I am with Mac Ranger on this one – this was planned. And not just in the last few months. This was planned for years. Porter Goss was obviously ready to retire in another election cycle, but was talked into going to the CIA and taking care of business. He chased the deadwood out, and some of the rogue elements. He nabbed a leaker (and probably numerous others), and he allowed Congress to diminish the CIA’s leadership through integration with the Director of National Intelligence. He was an old CIA man and knew where to surgically slice to keep the agencies capabilities and independence intact, but carve out all the rot.
Bush played Briar Rabbit and begged not to be forced to create the office of DNI. And he did so knowing quite well the new organization offered a once in a century opportunity to shake up moribund institutions. Bush has done more to fix government in his four years than has been done in the last 100. It is stunning to see what he did to:
- Department of Defense through Rumsfeld’s new force structure
- Department of Education through No Child Left Behind
- All the dysfunctional and competing organizations now under Homeland Defense
- Pulling the Coast Guard into a new independent status in Homeland Defense
- Redirecting NASA through the Exploration effort to the Moon and Mars
- Fixing Medicare and Medicaid by offering a Prescription Drug Plan (before it was emergency room care access only)
Look at that list folks and understand there are even more that are not well known or advertised. Goss is out because he established the proper relationship with DNI agreed upon years ago when this started. The news media never detects this kind of strategy because it takes years to implement and the media has the attention span of a gnat. That’s why they cannot fathom what is going on. But for those of us who do know, it is truly stunning.
No one has left as large an imprint as George Bush has on the Government of the United States since FDR and WW II. The media’s BDS blinds them to this amazing accomplishment. But it is for real.