Friday, May 12, 2006

More mysteries

From David Ignatius:

“Foggo was an affable employee of the CIA's Directorate of Support, managing logistical activities in Germany, when he came to the attention of then-Rep. Goss and his aides on the House intelligence committee. Foggo is said to have endeared himself to Goss and his staff director, Patrick Murray, by facilitating trips overseas for members of the House panel.”

Foggo is elevated to the number 3 guy – described as the equivalent of the chief operating officer - at the CIA because he was a good travel agent?  There is something missing here.

Ignatius again:

“The chronic mismanagement of the CIA under Goss and Murray has been an open secret for many months, and the real question is why it took the Bush White House so long to fix it. When I posed this question a few weeks ago to a senior administration official, he repeated the line that the agency was full of leakers and obstructionists. The political vendetta against the CIA went to the top, in other words. It did real damage to the country before President Bush finally called a halt.”

On that analysis, Bush saves the CIA from “the top”, i. e., Cheney.  Yet Goss was originally supposed to be Cheney’s guy.

The spin is that the removal of Goss was Negroponte’s – and Bush’s – way of saving the CIA from the predations of Rumsfeld.  Yet the Pentagon’s man in charge of grabbing turf from the CIA is none other than  Jerry “my God was bigger than his” Boykin, the religious nut who hates Islam and isn’t afraid to talk about it, a guy who gets his tremendous pull from his connections to evangelical Christianity (note the fine print correction at the top of the article here).  Since Bush gives the evangelicals whatever they want, you have to wonder what is really going on here.  On the face of it, and regardless of the spin, replacing an old CIA hand with a general looks like a clear win for Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.

While all this is going on, Negroponte is apparently refusing to support the neocon plans for Iran by refusing to suck and blow about the intelligence in the way that George Tenet did about Iraq.  Negroponte is being so fair and objective about it that he has prominent neocons foaming at the mouth even more than they normally foam.

Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham is withholding his promised cooperation to Pentagon investigators of the bribery scheme, even though such cooperation might result in a reduction in his sentence (and putting the lie to his feigned contriteness before he was sentenced).  Apparently he prefers to take the risk of dying in jail rather than whatever risk is entailed in ratting out the people behind the bribes.  The guy whose name always surfaces as the main bribery instigator, Brent Wilkes, is the only guy who seems to be immune from prosecution.

Nothing makes any sense.