Skip to comments.AP - Source: CIA Director Goss Resigns
Posted on 05/05/2006 10:52:38 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss has resigned, a senior administration official said.
President Bush, who has been making staff changes at the White House to reinvigoriate his second term, was making another personnel announcement Friday.
Bush's new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, has made several changes since taking over last month.
Recently, longtime Bush adviser and confidant Karl Rove had the policy-making portion of his portfolio taken away so he could focus on the midterm elections and White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation. McClellan has been replaced by Fox News commentator Tony Snow.
McClellan's last briefing at the White House was Friday. His last day isn't until next week, but the president is traveling in Florida the first part of the week, meaning that McClellan will be briefing on the road.
Rove was allowed to keep his deputy chief of staff title, but was stripped of day-to-day oversight of policy coordination. That job was given to Joel Kaplan, Bolten's former No. 2 when he was budget director.
Bush also named Rob Portman, a former six-term Republican congressman from Ohio who now serves as U.S. trade representative, to replace Bolten at the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
The vacant job of domestic policy adviser has not yet filled.
Other changes that have been expected included changes in the White House lobbying office run by Candida Wolff and the expected departure of communications chief Nicolle Wallace, whose husband recently moved to New York. Officials have also done little to discourage speculation that Treasury Secretary John Snow is leaving.
Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in May 2005. The CIA has fired an unidentified officer who acknowledged leaking classified information to members of the media, a spokesman for the agency said.(AFP/File/Micah Walter)
He probably wasn't playing nice enough with the commie staffers at the CIA, so Bush got rid of him.
I really thought Goss was doing the work that needed to be done there. I'm disappointed by this news.
I doubt it...Bush has been at war with the CIA since day one.
I'm wondering what dirt the CIA bureacracy dug up on Goss.
Exactly my reaction.
Goss was put in there to fix the problems with the agency.. he apparently was not doing his job if info was leaking 3 years after he went in.... part of the problem good riddance... Good change for the administration...
I wonder if this is related to the rumors of a prostitution ring linked to Duke Cunnungham as reported in the Washington Post last week. I surely hope not.
I nominate former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers to replace him. Anybody second it?
This makes me wonder if Goss is going to be implicated in the Duke Cunningham hooker scnadal. Some lefty websites have been pushing this, saying that while Goss was in Congress he was one of the pols who was entertained by the contractors who bribed Cunningham.
This is very surprising news.
No, genius, if anything, he wasn't playing rough enough and will be replaced by someone tougher.
Ping for later
Maybe this is just a prelude to a wholesale re-organization of the intelligence business. The CIA's performance has been pretty miserable over the past two or three decades.
Don't hold your breath.
"...wants to spend more time with his family."
someone should tell him the CIA is "family".
he's probably gittin' while the gittin' is good... CIA Directors have unusual lives and some unusual endings as well.
Besides when that nest is finally deloused, I wouldn't want to physically be there or at the State Department, it's gonna get awful messy. Negroponte will be the go to point man were that to occur, hopefully.
Porter pushed the boulder over the edge, now we'll see where it goes.
Kudos for his efforts and service.
Bush now needs to go in and clean house in the CIA. Shut down the CIA, then restaff a new intelligence agency with known elements.
Ugh. I hope you're wrong, but that would explain this.
Isn't he still working on fixing Mexico City's crime problems?
That job is a real grinder, he could do it, question is would he want it?
I don't know about scandals, but if anything, he wasn't being tough enough. I thought he'd get in there and kick *ss and take names, as they say
If you wanted to play with yourself by creating two screen names and posting to yourself, newb, you should have stayed home.
"Dramatically improved" during the tenure of Porter Goss.
But in a distance-and-direction urination contest with the entrenched bureaucrats left over from as far back as the Carter Administration, he was just swamped.
Note for his successor in the position - go in with a wet suit and a highly buoyant air boat. If you are going to have to face them, be prepared to go head on and at extreme velocity.
Real-time Mission Impossible.
Hey sink...I knew this would bring on trolls..LOL
How about Rumsfeld? ;)
have you been living under a rock for the past two years?
do you read any of the CIA threads here?
you are uninformed to put it mildly (unless your a shill for the Agency)
President Bush watches as his Chief of Staff Andrew Card, right, swears in Porter Goss, center, to head the Central Intelligence Agency, in a Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, file photo, in the Oval Office of the White House. CIA Director Porter Goss has resigned, President Bush said Friday, May 5, 2006 (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
I do not think this bodes well.
You actually have the first post on this subject..
U.S. President George W. Bush walks around Fragers Hardware store in Southeast Washington May 5, 2006. Bush used his visit to the 86-year-old store to speak on new job figures released on Friday, and the economy. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Do you folks sell replacement department heads?
I got an opening I need to fill.
I hope we will eventually find out the real reason for Goss leaving. Maybe a tougher head will be able to straighten things out but, short of eliminating the agency and starting over, it will be very difficult.
He was my first thought...take no prisoners, no nonsense...too bad we need him where he is.
Obviously, no one knows why Goss resigned. We'll have to wait and see.
nevermind..read the time wrong..
Close the agency down... they are turning into the KGB.
Ditto, Drag Queen Rudy is making millions advising the Mexican government Mafia on crime, lipstick on a pig joke.
I saw that,, lol
It shows ya how many folks aren't napping,, it was like a blast of headsup oneliners.
It made Breaking for a few.. oh well. ;-)
So did I. Guess it ain't happenin'.
One way to tell something about the motive of Bush, if it was Bush who asked Goss to go, and not Goss who wanted to go, is to wait until Bush announces his replacement. His replacement will tell us more than all the immediate speculation.
President Bush (R) shakes hands with outgoing CIA Director Porter Goss following the announcement of Goss's resignation from the post, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 5, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed
President Bush announces that CIA Director Porter Goss, left, will be resigining, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 5, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
As quickly as this happened, I'm looking for an answer somewhere in his personal life and not some political in-fighting. Goss was laying wood on those commie scumbags in the CIA like McCarthy/Larry Johnson/Ray McGovern/Valerie Plame/Rand Beers cabal. Goss was finally getting some of those pinko holdovers out of the woodwork so we can actually have an agency which does the Presidents work and not just work against the President.
Hum!!!!!!!I was just getting ready to walk out of the office and boom this bombshell drops.