Luke Melia


November 14, 2004

Outgoing Bushie watch

The CIA’s Deputy Chief has resigned — not really a Bushie, but rather a 32-year career intelligence pro who is leaving in frustration over really-a-Bushie Porter Goss, the new Director at the CIA. It should go without saying that disrupting the work of our intelligence services is not a real great idea. From the Washington Post:

John E. McLaughlin, a 32-year CIA veteran who was acting director for two months this summer until Goss took over, resigned after warning Goss that his top aide, former Capitol Hill staff member Patrick Murray, was treating senior officials disrespectfully and risked widespread resignations, the officials said.

“It’s the worst roiling I’ve ever heard of,” said one former senior official with knowledge of the events. “There’s confusion throughout the ranks and an extraordinary loss of morale and incentive.”

“I definitely think all this is disrupting people’s work,” one agency official said. “Everyone is waiting for the centipede to drop all his shoes.”

One of the elements of the frustration seems to be that many of Goss’ new appointments have a recent history of harsh criticism of the CIA’s clandestine services and/or older history of lackluster employment at the CIA. Think of a slacker co-worker from early in your adult life. Imagine finding out they think your current work sucks. Now imagine finding out you’re working for them now.

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