blogenlust
8.11.2004

Damn You, Michael Moore!!


Via mattgunn.com, is this gem from the outtakes of Fahrenheit 9/11, in which DCI-nominee Porter Goss was interviewed:
Just as I sat down last night to offer you my opinion on whether or not Bush's appointment for CIA director, Rep. Porter Goss, was a good choice, I was given access to this transcript of outtakes from Fahrenheit 9/11: INTERVIEWER:  [Y]ou come from intelligence. This is what you did, this is what you know. REP. GOSS:  Uh, that was, uh, 35 years ago. INTERVIEWER:   Okay. REP. GOSS:  It is true I was in CIA from approximately the late 50’s to approximately the early 70’s. And it's true I was a case officer, clandestine services officer and yes, I do understand the core mission of the business. I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified. I don't have the language skills. I, you know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff. We're looking for Arabists today. I don't have the cultural background probably. And I certainly don't have the technical skills, uh, as my children remind me every day, 'Dad you got to get better on your computer.’ Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don't have. – Rep. Porter Goss, March 3, 2004, Washington, DC Let's review: Goss asserts he lacks the language skills, the cultural background, the technical skills – "the things that you need to have" – to even get a job with the CIA, much less lead it. I defer to his judgment.
As matt says in an update to this post, Goss is clearly talking about a clandestine job with the CIA. However, admitting to being culturally deficient, is, I think, a serious problem. My personal opinion is that the terrorist threat we know today has its roots in our inability to fully understand the culture from which it arises. in this way, I think it is imperative that we have a DCI that is not culturally deficient in Arab and Islamic culture. At least he'll only be on the job for a few months:)