Subtitled: Am I missing something?
From the current issue of Time Magazine, Ten Questions For Porter Goss, by Timothy J. Burger.
Question #1: When will we get Osama bin Laden? Answer:
Question 2: It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of where he is. Where? Answer:
OK, the next question: What in holy hell are you talking about & is there a any valid reason why you, as the Director of CIA, would divulge this little tidbit to the public? You have an excellent idea where the #1 most wanted terrorist is, what (or who) is preventing you from either taking him out or arresting him & chaining him to the floor at Gitmo? Is the CIA so impotent, they’re putting the ‘sovereignty issues of other states’ ahead of the safety[sup]1[/sup] of the American public?
[sup]1[/sup]Granted, one could argue the capture of Bin Laden would be more ceremonial than practical in terms of fighting terror – but I don’t want go there
I’m going to operate on the assumption this statement from Goss is a major gaff from (I assume, politically savvy) former 9-term Congressman & Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
What good comes from it – aren’t some things better left unsaid? OK, Goss knows UBL’s whereabouts:[ul]Skeptics will say he’s either a liar, a braggart, terribly misinformed, a blowhard or ‘up to something’Rogue states that harbor terrorists now know the Bush Doctrine is nothing but hot air. Maybe there is no distinction between terrorists and those who offer safe haven; they both get a free passPolitical rivals will assume the administration is waiting until polls bottom out before capturing Bin Laden; Maybe they’ll even coin the phrase ‘July Suprise’.If another terror strike occurs, victims and the public in general will lay the blame squarely at Goss’ doorstep: You knew where he was and didn’t get him?Internationalists will pleased to hear we’re using diplomatic channels – as opposed to covert operations - in trying to nail Bin Laden…but isn’t diplomacy best left to the Dept. of State, not the CIA?People smarter than I might say, there’s a good reason for letting the world know that the CIA knows UBL’s location, it’s _________________________. But I’ll be damned if I can figure out what that reason is.[/ul]