Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Goss Pushed Out By Bolten?

Apparently Goss was pushed out by Bolten.
Intelligence insiders say that former CIA Director Porter Goss was given less than a day to pack his bags by new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, who is moving swiftly to put a new and more aggressive face on the administration.

Despite Monday's praise by President Bush for Goss, with whom he held an exit ceremony last Friday at the White House, the insiders say that the decision to dump Goss came hard and fast. One says that Goss revealed to his senior staff on Friday that Bolten had called him last Thursday night to ask if he had "thought through an exit strategy."


That's the explanation I was suspecting in any case.

It makes the most sense.

We still don't know why, precisely, though. "A new and more aggressive face on the Administration" is pretty hazy-speak.

Perhaps Bolten wanted the opportunity to generate better press vis-a-vis the CIA and thus created a narrative where Goss was the bad guy who could be sacrificed, allowing Hayden to keep the aggressive Bush agenda going, but with the source of the MSM grievance no longer in place.

Macranger is pretty definitive that the aggressive agenda to fix the CIA and plug the leaks that Goss had planned is still in place in any case and will continue throughout the summer.

Other theories?

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