ROBERT DREYFUSS' EXCELLENT and depressing piece on the damage wrought by Porter Goss at the CIA ["The Yes-Man," December] leaves one's head as thoroughly spun as Linda Blair's in The Exorcist. For those of us used to viewing skeptically both the CIA's morals and its abilities, it's a jolt to realize that our current administration views the CIA as yet another pesky manifestation of the reality-based community it has no use for. That Cheney is working hard to preserve for the CIA its ability to torture at the same time as Goss is working hard to make it impossible for the CIA to know what's going on in the world would seem to guarantee a future full of Abu Ghraibs, and more wars that don't defeat enemies so much as generate them.
We should be careful not to follow [Rush] Limbaugh and [Bill] O'Reilly into attacking the patriotism of those we disagree with, but if Bush's aim was to destroy the CIA, destroy our ability to function effectively in the world, and destroy any possibility of ever living in peace, what would he do differently?
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