Via Belmont Club, I read this Time piece:

The President and Goss tried to put the best light on things when they jointly announced the resignation in the Oval Office. “I would like to report to you that the agency is back on a very even keel and sailing well,” Goss said after Bush said that he had accepted Goss’s resignation.But to use the nautical metaphor, the seas are more turbulent than Goss allowed.

In a speech in San Antonio last week, Negroponte’s top deputy, Michael Hayden, declared that an office largely under Negroponte’s control — the National Counterterrorism Center, or NCTC — was now in charge of dictating the role other agencies will play in terror analysis. Hayden said too many agencies were in the analysis business and that the NCTC, like a team captain, ” will make these calls for the entire IC [intelligence community].” This may seem like bureaucratic minutiae, but it reflects an important struggle over a key aspect of American intelligence. Even though some diminishment of the CIA was all but guaranteed by the passage of the DNI law 18 months ago, each new detail of the Negroponte’s implementation has been watched for how much it may curtail the power of the once-supreme CIA.

My bold. Who’s taking over from Goss? Michael Hayden!

How do you get rid of an incompetent, treacherous, leaky organisation? You get your political opponents — the 9/11 Commission, by and large — to propose a new intelligence organization, the DNI, staff it with your people, and then move responsibility from the one to the other.

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