Friday, May 05, 2006

What's going on at the CIA?

I was really pleased when Porter Goss was named the Director of the CIA. I felt as if he was the tough, no nonsense sort of man that we needed to restructure the CIA, clean house and refocus the agency's mission.

Now, suddenly he's gone. I've got absolutely no proof, but my gut tells me that it may have something to do with the Mary McCarthy episode. I've got a feeling that Goss wants to "go for the juggular" in her case and make an example of her. However, some in the administration, for God only knows what reason, what to slap her on the wrist and let things fade away.

Bill Kristol, executive director of The Weekly Standard, told Fox News Channel that there had been "no rumblings” of such a departure.

"I don’t think the White House was expecting this,” Kristol said. "It comes as a total surprise. I may be overly suspicious here, but this one just has a real element of surprise and suddenness that makes me wonder if something popped in the last few days that led to this announcement.”

I don't know about you folks, but I'm concerned about the sudden departure of Goss and I'd like to know the REAL REASON that he's leaving. The nation deserves to know too. We are after all at war.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

United 93

Well..........I saw "United 93" earlier this afternoon and I must say that it was at times intense and emotional and pretty graphic.

That being said, it wasn't as intense as the opening scene of "Saving Private Ryan" or some scenes from "The Passion of the Christ" as some had suggested. I'm not sure if I'll ever see another film as intense as either of those.

It's told in a documentary style. There are no scenes involving the loved ones at home, etc. There are no "sappy" sub-plots. The story is told as if you were one of the passengers on United 93. And you know very little more than the passengers themselves did on that terrible day.

It IS a movie that every American should see, if for no other reason, to remind them of who and what the enemy is and how far we've come since that day.

I'm afraid that many have become far too complacent as time has moved on. It's natural I guess, but just because it's natural, doesn't mean we should succumb to our own human weaknesses. This is a war that requires strength and commitment, not "business as usual".

I'm sure that many from the "I hate America Club" won't see this film and that's fine, I wouldn't expect them too. Unfortunately, many will never "get it" until something like this befalls their country and their brothers and sisters.

I hope of course that day never comes for anyone, regardless of where they live or how much they hate America. I just hope that one day they will indeed understand what's going on in this day and age, without having to pay that sort of "tuition" for the education.