Tuesday, August 10

New CIA Directitude

Another Smug Son of a bitch

From Digby via Atrios, and the Herald Tribune, we discover that our new CIA director appointee is just the kind of loyal soldier, that this administration craves. So it should come as no suprise that the former CIA operative, doesn't think the Plame investigation is worthy of pursuit.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Porter Goss said Thursday that the uproar over allegations that White House officials purposely identified a covert CIA agent appears largely political and doesn't yet merit an investigation by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, which he chairs.

Goss, who was a CIA agent himself from the early 1960s to 1971, said he takes such leaks seriously, but he distinguished between a willful violation of federal law and an inadvertent disclosure.

Goss also said no one from the intelligence agencies has raised the issue with him since syndicated columnist Robert Novak identified the agent in a column July 14.

"I would say there's a much larger dose of partisan politics going on right now than there is worry about national security," said Goss, R-Sanibel. "But I would never take lightly a serious allegation backed up by evidence that there was a willful -- and I emphasize willful, inadvertent is something else -- willful disclosure, and I haven't seen any evidence."

Goss said he would act if he did have evidence of that sort.

"Somebody sends me a blue dress and some DNA, I'll have an investigation," Goss said.
Now ain't that sweet, I think we'll dub Mr. Goss Chuckles McGillicutty. Old Chuckles thinks that the leak of Plame was "inadvertent" and maybe he has a point. The timing of the leak could be purely coincidental, Just like "unless a catalysing event like a "new pearl harbor"...coincidental. Or the coincidental timing of all the terror alerts. Digby has this to say:
Kerry cannot have someone like this working for him in such a sensitive job. I would assume that the Republicans are very well aware of this fact. This may be only the first of numerous landmines that are being laid in case of a Kerry victory.
Republican minefield laying program activities? Thats a suprise, these guys WILL stop at nothing. Why? Because they accuse us of that very thing. It is simply projection. See a scumbag will see the world through a scumbags eyes, and presume everyone is similarly motivated, so that the most benign action must be motivated by scumbag intent. This is also known as "vaccination" from the "wingnut debate dictionary".
Vaccingating: The process of accusing your opponent of doing what you're already doing in an effort to prevent your opponent from being the first to make that accusation.
So remember this when you hear republicans make attacks. When they talk about partisinship, they are admitting the most venal excesses on their own part. When they talk of misrepresentation of the facts, or politicising, They are lying and playing politics period.
It's time we send them back to Nursery school.