The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Running the CIA Bush-style

People are coming up with all sorts of clever analogies to describe the non-shakeup of White House personnel. If your team is failing, you fire the coach-- not the team. If your car is driving off a cliff, switching chauffers doesn't help. That sort of thing.

But the characteristic neo-fascist committment to ideology over reality continues to pervade every level of the government, and it's undermining the nation's security and well-being.

Which bring us to Mr. Goss. He has taken no disciplinary action against CIA personnel identified by his inspector general as having played a part in the failure to prevent the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He has taken no action against CIA interrogators known to have participated in the torture and killing of foreign detainees, or against those who knowingly violated the Geneva Conventions in Iraq. He has driven a host of senior managers from the agency. Now he would have the country believe that one of the CIA's biggest problems -- worthy of an unprecedented internal investigation he personally oversaw -- is unauthorized leaks to the press. His setting of priorities seems unlikely to improve the CIA's success rate in judging foreign programs of weapons of mass destruction or preventing the next terrorist attack.

Appearance is everything with the right-wing. Port security, homeland security, FEMA, No Child Left Behind, and the war in Iraq-- as many a commentator has noted, the GOP is capable of one thing only: campaigning. They are utterly incapable of governance.