"On the first hour of the first day, we will restore decency and integrity to the Oval Office. They will offer more lectures and legalisms and carefully worded denials. We offer another way, a better way, and a stiff dose of truth." – Richard B. Cheney, August 2, 2000
"Just because our White House has let us down in the past, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in the future. In a campaign that’s going to restore honor and dignity to the White House." – George W. Bush, September 23, 2000
Today CIA Director Porter Goss unexpectedly announced his resignation. Any suggestion that his resignation may be remotely connected to prostitution and bribery charges swirling around the halls of power in Washington would be wild speculation. Please ignore the unfortunate timing of the sudden departure – it in no way is connected to any Washington scandal. Repeat after me: This is part of the Administration shake-up after the appointment of Josh Bolten.
Some time ago I floated a theory that the internal logic of an Administration like this would lead to structural collapse and sooner or later it would emasculate itself. So far, Andy Card, Scooter Libby, Scott McClellan and Porter Goss have fallen victim. There are certainly more to come. Yet these are dangerous times and the stakes are very high. The Administration’s agenda has yet to be fulfilled: Iran and Syria are in its sights and time is running short.
Will the Langoliers of history catch up with the Bush Administration before it blunders us into another war? Or will we be watching bombs over Tehran this November? These are dangerous times indeed.