Sunday :: Nov 14, 2004

While GOP Supports Goss Lamely, Remember The Dems Who Voted For Him


by Steve

"Porter Goss is on the right track," McCain said on ABC's "This Week." "He is being savaged by these people that want the status quo, and the status quo is not satisfactory."

If this nation is attacked once again by Al Qaeda, or if we are led into a war of choice once again due to false, politically-driven intelligence by this administration, remember which Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted in support of Porter Goss for CIA chief. I focus my ire at the committee vote here, rather than the full Senate vote because a vote by any committee Democrats in support of Goss made it easier for Democrats on the floor to vote for him in the full Senate vote.

Note that one of them fancies himself a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008:

Evan Bayh Indiana
Dianne Feinstein California
Barbara Mikulski Maryland

John Edwards did not vote for Goss. And note that to their credit, Carl Levin (Michigan), Ron Wyden (Oregon), Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), and Dick Durbin (Illinois) voted against Goss in the committee vote.

If we are attacked again or suffer another war of choice based on lies dressed up as intelligence, remember the words of the previously-noble John McCain today, as well as Lindsey Graham on the Sunday chatfests:

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, called the CIA "a dysfunctional agency, and in some ways a rogue agency" that needed to be reformed. He accused some CIA insiders of leaking information to damage President Bush politically in the months before the election.

"Porter Goss is on the right track," McCain said on ABC's "This Week." "He is being savaged by these people that want the status quo, and the status quo is not satisfactory."

The CIA "is not providing the intelligence information necessary for the president to conduct the war on terror," he said.

"I'm not worried about hurting people's feelings," said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I want to stand behind those who work hard. But if you got it wrong, you need to be dealt with."

A rogue agency? Those words confirm that McCain thinks intelligence should reflect what the White House wants. And when someone of McCain's alleged stature says that, it gives carte blanche for the rest of the GOP to declare a political jihad against the Agency as well. We'll see what the spooks do now.

Remember those words from Graham and McCain should Goss and his political cronies screw up. Tell me Senator McCain, when exactly did you trade in your honor for a set of White House knee pads?

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