This isn’t part of some White House shake-up. This is a scandal-plagued Bush appointee resigning just as an investigation into another Republican corruption scandal hits too close to home.
Former Republican lawmaker and current CIA Director Porter Goss’s name has surfaced time and time again in the Republican bribe scheme, which began with a focus on disgraced Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham and his Republican lobbyists (hmm, do I think I mentioned “Republican” enough in that sentence?).
It is Goss’s hand-picked #3 man at the CIA, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo who is under serious investigation in connection with a massive bribery scheme that touches on sweetheart deals, million dollar contracts, and yes, even hookers.
You will recall that Ken Silverstein, based on a source, noted that the prostitution scandal could touch a former lawmaker “who now holds a powerful intelligence post.” Speculation abounded that Porter Goss fit that description perfectly.
It may not be the hookers. It may not be his possible participation in a million-dollar bribery scheme affecting our national security. It may be that he hated his job, and the CIA hated him. Or it may just be that Goss decided to spent time with his family. The best spin they’ve been able to cook up on short notice is that he was unhappy about his reduced access to the Pres. That’s some pretty weak spin… I guess they miss Rove who is now tasked with trying to save their ass in the upcoming elections. Despite the whitewash in the press, its pretty clear that this surprise abandonment really cold-cocked Georgie boy.
But the press has a duty to find out why one of our nation’s top intelligence officials just up and quit all of sudden on a Friday afternoon. This is not the first high level resignation at the CIA, which is basically in free-fall. The wheels are really coming off at the Bush regime.