Thursday, December 30, 2004

 

An axiom: Everything Bush does is wrong

George Bush and his catamites continue to recreate the government in their own (mediocre) image.
C.I.A. Deputy for Analysis Is Being Removed

By DOUGLAS JEHL

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 - The head of the Central Intelligence Agency's analytical branch is being forced to step down, former intelligence officials say, opening a major new chapter in a shakeup under Porter J. Goss, the agency's chief.

The official, Jami Miscik, the agency's deputy director for intelligence, told her subordinates on Tuesday afternoon of her plan to step down on Feb. 4. A former intelligence official said that Ms. Miscik was told before Christmas that Mr. Goss wanted to make a change and that "the decision to depart was not hers."

Ms. Miscik has headed analysis at the agency since 2002, a period in which prewar assessments of Iraq and its illicit weapons, which drew heavily on C.I.A. analysis, proved to be mistaken. Even before taking charge of the C.I.A., Mr. Goss, who was a congressman, and his closest associates had been openly critical of the directorate of intelligence, saying it suffered from poor leadership and was devoting too much effort to monitoring day-to-day developments rather than broad trends.

Ms. Miscik's departure is the latest in a series of high-level ousters that have prompted unease within the C.I.A. since Mr. Goss took over as director of central intelligence in September. Of the officials who worked as top deputies to Mr. Goss's predecessor, George J. Tenet, at least a half-dozen have been fired or have retired abruptly, including the agency's No. 2 and No. 3 officials. Much of the top tier of the agency's clandestine service is also gone.

The departure of Ms. Miscik will be the first major change within the directorate of intelligence, which is responsible for making important judgments about events around the world and whose products include the President's Daily Brief, the highly classified document prepared for the president each morning.

There was no indication on Tuesday of whom Mr. Goss might name to succeed Ms. Miscik. One of her top deputies, Scott White, left the C.I.A. in November for another government job, leaving Ben Bonk, an associate deputy director of intelligence, as Ms. Miscik's most senior subordinate.
Let me say for the record that I have no idea if Jami Miscik is the clone of Control or the second coming of Percy Alleline (cf. John LeCarre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). And it hardly matters in this instance. Rather, I want to use her banishment to introduce the following axiom: Anyone George W. Bush appoints for his second term (or who is appointed by someone appointed by Bush for his second term) will be worse than the person being replaced.

It is faintly possible that George W. Bush will, on extremely rare occasions (and completely by accident, probably), do something that turns out to be not a complete disaster. But the odds are strongly against this, and if you had to bet, you'd be wise never to assume that it's happening in any particular case.

Remember the axiom: We simply cannot trust Bush to get anything right. Because he doesn't care about getting it right - he cares only about shutting up anyone who might disagree with him. He wants his second administration to be "home on the range" - where seldom is heard a discouraging word. Keep that in mind as you analyze anything and everything he does. (Like the Times editorializing a faint hope that Bush might undertake serious, bipartisan immigration reform - who do they think is in office? Someone who actually gives a damn? Someone who reads the Times? Someone who has shown during his first term that he could do something right even if he wanted to?)

Jami Miscik may have deserved to be fired. But Porter Goss cannot possibly know that (it's not why he sacked her), and he cannot possibly be trusted to appoint a competent replacement.
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Thanks for sharing that with those of us who don't believe in registering to read news! Too right, if the electorate had one bit of intelligence they would have SEEN THAT EVERYTHING GW BUSH TOUCHES TURNS TO SHIT before voting, but alas it was not to be....
 
Not just the electorate. The Times yesterday ran an editorial calling on Bush to undertake serious immigration reform. They have not yet absorbed the lesson: anything worth doing, George W. Bush will completely fuck up. Anything not worth doing, he'll fuck up even worse.

That's an axiom, and until it is disproved, it must - must - inform any realistic analysis of Bush's second term.
 
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Thanks for sharing that with those of us who don't believe in registering to read news! Too right, if the electorate had one bit of intelligence they would have SEEN THAT EVERYTHING GW BUSH TOUCHES TURNS TO SHIT before voting, but alas it was not to be....
 
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Not just the electorate. The Times yesterday ran an editorial calling on Bush to undertake serious immigration reform. They have not yet absorbed the lesson: anything worth doing, George W. Bush will completely fuck up. Anything not worth doing, he'll fuck up even worse.

That's an axiom, and until it is disproved, it must - must - inform any realistic analysis of Bush's second term.
 
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i was just browsing through the blog world searching for the keyword posters and it brought me to your site. You have a great site however it is not exactly what i was looking for. Good luck on your site. sincerely, antonio.
 
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i was just browsing through the blog world searching for the keyword posters and it brought me to your site. You have a great site however it is not exactly what i was looking for. Good luck on your site. sincerely, antonio.
 
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