CIA Director Porter Goss has Resigned

The blogosphere is also abuzz about Porter Goss’ resignation. It was unexpected, that’s for sure.

Here’s the story:

WASHINGTON – CIA Director Porter Goss resigned unexpectedly Friday, nudged from the helm of a spy agency still reeling from intelligence failures before America’s worst terrorist attack and faulty information that formed the U.S. rationale for invading Iraq.

The decision was the latest in a series of moves by
President Bush to shake up his team and reinvigorate his second term. A successor to Goss could come as early as Monday, a senior administration official said.

Making the announcement from the Oval Office, Bush said Goss’ tenure had been one of transition.

“He has led ably,” Bush said, Goss at his side. “He has a five-year plan to increase the analysts and operatives.”

Goss said the trust, confidence and latitude that Bush placed in him “is something I could have never imagined.”

“I believe the agency is on a very even keel, sailing well,” Goss said. “I honestly believe that we have improved dramatically.”

The president said Goss’ replacement would continue his reforms.

It’s obvious this was not a planned changed. No one was already chosen as his replacement.

Jeff Goldstein at protein wisdom offers his thoughts:

Could be that there is a scandal ready to break–in which case, we’ll know soon enough. Or it could be that the Bushies are looking to completely defang the CIA by completing the transition of its major responsibilities to Negroponte’s DNI, and Goss was no longer part of the plan.

Allahpundit at Hot Air has a good round up of updates and says that Fox News’ Brett Baier reported the Pentagon is surprised as well.

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