Paul at All Agitprop notes Michael Moore’s interview with Director of Central Intelligence nominee Porter Goss that’s been getting some airtime. You know, the one where Goss admitted that he would not be qualified to work for the CIA today. From Reuters:
U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, President Bush’s nominee for CIA director, could be his own worst enemy when it comes to making the case that he deserves to lead the U.S. intelligence agency.
“I couldn’t get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified,” the Florida Republican told documentary-maker Michael Moore’s production company during the filming of the anti-Bush movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
A day after Bush picked Goss for the top U.S. spy job, Moore Wednesday released an excerpt from a March 3 interview in which the 65-year-old former House of Representatives intelligence chief recounts his lack of qualifications for employment as a modern CIA staffer.
“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,” Goss is quoted in an interview transcript.
“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.”
Because you just never know when the Director of the CIA might be stuck having to wander around Arab countries undercover whilst operating highly sensitive electronic equipment in this day and age. I mean, that’s pretty much all that George Tenet used to do, isn’t it?
Oh, and let’s not forget about George H. Bush’s tenure as Director of Central Intelligence duiring the Cold War, we all know that he spent that time undercover living on a collective farm on the outskirts of Novocherkassk, right?
First off, it’s quite fortuitous for Moore and the anti-Bush crowd to have this all on tape. They are going to get a lot of mileage out of it.
Second of all, Paul is TOTALLY CORRECT. This means nothing at all.
My boss cannot do my job. My job didn’t even exist when she was at my level. Is she unqualified to be my boss because of that fact? (Yes, I said ‘she‘.)
Joe Gibbs is once again the head coach of the Washington Redskins. He hasn’t coached football since before there were salary caps and defenses based on the zone blitz. (Despite what Al Michaels said on MNF the other night, there was instant replay during part of Gibbs’ earlier stint. Art Monk had a touchdown taken away in the Super Bowl because a reverse angle showed that his foot came down on the end line.) Joe Gibbs isn’t qualified to be a professional football player today. For that matter, Joe Gibbs wasn’t qualified to be a professional football player when he coached in the 1980s. In fact, Joe Gibbs was NEVER qualified to be a professional football player. Now, is Joe Gibbs qualified to be a head coach in the NFL?
Sure, first-hand experience is usually a plus. AND GOSS HAS IT. But times change, and requirements change. To throw this out there will be amusing to a certain segment of the population, but it’s utterly meaningless.
I’d like to see who Moore wants as Director of Central Intelligence. Whoever it is had better have good computer skills and be able to handle a 9mm.