Saturday, May 06, 2006
- Over Goss's 18 months, more than a dozen senior officials -- several of whom were promoted under Goss -- resigned, retired early or requested reassignment. Robert Richer, who was head of the Near East division, served less than a year as the No. 2 official in the clandestine service before quitting in frustration over Goss's leadership last November. Richer then spent several days privately sharing his concerns with senior congressional leaders and Negroponte.
In the clandestine service alone, Goss lost one director, two deputy directors and at least a dozen department heads, station chiefs and division directors, many with the key language skills and experience he has said the agency needs. The agency is on its third counterterrorism chief since Goss arrived.
Excuse me if I'm unmoved. This is the agency whose total failure on 9/11 was the worst single act of negligence in American history. As far as I am concerned, every single person in the entire agency should have lost their jobs on September 12, 2001. For anyone there to get self-righteous about anything--as in the disgraceful Rumsfeld heckling incident the other day, is appalling beyond belief. To resurrect one of the Left's favorite lines: Have they no shame? Have they no common decency?