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Porter Goss: I suck!

For those of you that haven't heard, President George W. Bush recently nominated Porter Goss, Congressman from Florida, for the post of CIA director.

Bush on Goss:

"He knows the CIA inside and out" and "He's the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history."

Here are Goss's own words, from March:

"It is true I was in CIA from approximately the late 50's to approximately the early 70's. And it's true I was a case officer, clandestine services office and yes I do understand the core mission of the business. 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."

Who'd he tell that to? Amusingly enough - Michael Moore's film crew!

http://news.lycos.com/news/story.asp?section=Politics&storyId=906349

If you don't believe me, Moore actually posted the segment of the interview where Goss admits that he'd be a terrible CIA Director: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/

Update: In the interest of fairness, I'll say this. Goss was talking about being an agent, but I still feel some of the same issues are relevant to either post, and I've got some actual concerns about his appropriateness for the role. This post, however, was intended mostly as humor, not as actual evidence of his capacity for taking on the role. I thought it would've been fairly obvious, but it apparently wasn't, so I'm stating it explicitly here. Want to know why? Here are a few links to get you started:

http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=express&s=strohm081204
http://www.brookings.edu/views/op-ed/levi/20040813.htm
http://atrios.blogspot.com/2004_08_08_atrios_archive.html#109223556266840581
http://www.mattgunn.com/#cantgetciajob081104
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