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Tenet: Bush Administration railroaded the country into war

George Tenet, the former CIA Director, broke three years of silence yesterday to attack the White House over Iraq, accusing the Bush Administration of railroading the country to war without ever holding a “serious debate” about whether Saddam Hussein posed a danger.

Mr Tenet was scathing about Dick Cheney and accuses the Vice-President of making him the scapegoat for the disaster that unfolded in Iraq.

Mr Tenet, CIA Director from 1997 until his resignation in July 2004, says the White House’s deliberately leaked and misinterpreted his use of the phrase “slam dunk” during a 2002 Oval Office meeting.

A White House official leaked an account of the meeting to the journalist Bob Woodward. According to this version, when Mr Bush asked Mr Tenet how sure he was that Saddam had illicit weapons, the CIA director “rose up, threw his arms in the air [and said] ‘It’s a slam dunk case’,” — a reference to an almost certain basketball scoring shot.

That version effectively ruined Mr Tenet’s reputation, making him a laughing stock in Washington.

Mr Tenet, who is promoting his 529-page memoir At the Centre of the Storm — and is clearly out to settle old scores — told CBS’s 60 Minutes that he only used “slam dunk” to say a better case could be made against Saddam, and the phrase was never a reference to weapons of mass destruction. Mr Tenet said that he does not know who leaked the phrase to Mr Woodward.

“It’s the most despicable thing that ever happened to me,” Mr Tenet said. “You don’t do this. You don’t throw somebody overboard. Is that honourable? It’s not honourable to me.

And the hardest part of all this has been just listening to this for almost three years, listening to the Vice-President on the fifth [anniversary] of 9/11 and say, ‘Well, George Tenet said ‘slam dunk’. As if he needed me to say ‘slam dunk’ to go to war with Iraq.

“I’ll never believe that what happened that day informed the President’s view or belief of the legitimacy or the timing of this war. Never!”

Mr Tenet says in his book that there was never “a significant discussion” in the White House about containing Iraq without an invasion. He says that Mr Cheney focused on Iraq in late 2001, when the CIA was still concentrating on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

For all his accusations against the White House, Mr Tenet was nevertheless a key member of Mr Bush’s war cabinet before the invasion. He takes blame for the flawed 2002 National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq's weapons programmes, and says he had “no doubt” that Saddam possessed illicit weapons.

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What was his take on torture again?
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George Tenet, the former CIA Director, broke three years of silence yesterday to attack the White House over Iraq, accusing the Bush Administration of railroading the country to war without ever holding a “serious debate” about whether Saddam Hussein posed a danger.

Mr Tenet was scathing about Dick Cheney and accuses the Vice-President of making him the scapegoat for the disaster that unfolded in Iraq.

Mr Tenet, CIA Director from 1997 until his resignation in July 2004, says the White House’s deliberately leaked and misinterpreted his use of the phrase “slam dunk” during a 2002 Oval Office meeting.

A White House official leaked an account of the meeting to the journalist Bob Woodward. According to this version, when Mr Bush asked Mr Tenet how sure he was that Saddam had illicit weapons, the CIA director “rose up, threw his arms in the air [and said] ‘It’s a slam dunk case’,” — a reference to an almost certain basketball scoring shot.

That version effectively ruined Mr Tenet’s reputation, making him a laughing stock in Washington.

Mr Tenet, who is promoting his 529-page memoir At the Centre of the Storm — and is clearly out to settle old scores — told CBS’s 60 Minutes that he only used “slam dunk” to say a better case could be made against Saddam, and the phrase was never a reference to weapons of mass destruction. Mr Tenet said that he does not know who leaked the phrase to Mr Woodward.

“It’s the most despicable thing that ever happened to me,” Mr Tenet said. “You don’t do this. You don’t throw somebody overboard. Is that honourable? It’s not honourable to me.

And the hardest part of all this has been just listening to this for almost three years, listening to the Vice-President on the fifth [anniversary] of 9/11 and say, ‘Well, George Tenet said ‘slam dunk’. As if he needed me to say ‘slam dunk’ to go to war with Iraq.

“I’ll never believe that what happened that day informed the President’s view or belief of the legitimacy or the timing of this war. Never!”

Mr Tenet says in his book that there was never “a significant discussion” in the White House about containing Iraq without an invasion. He says that Mr Cheney focused on Iraq in late 2001, when the CIA was still concentrating on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

For all his accusations against the White House, Mr Tenet was nevertheless a key member of Mr Bush’s war cabinet before the invasion. He takes blame for the flawed 2002 National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq's weapons programmes, and says he had “no doubt” that Saddam possessed illicit weapons.
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“Tenet: Bush Administration railroaded the country into war.”

I think a ‘no shit’ is in order.
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“Tenet: Bush Administration railroaded the country into war.”

I think a ‘no shit’ is in order.
Tenet of course, had nothing to do with the Iraq war. I can hardly wait for Powell's book and Ashcroft's book. Oh hell, how about Bush's coloring book?

Starting with Richard Clark, and Dick Durbin, all of these high ranking bastards have sought ways to excuse themselves and shift blame on somebody else. Weasely bastards.

Except John McCain. At least he hasn't shifted blame on others. Or Lieberman. Anybody else out there vote for it whose dog later did not eat their homework?

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Too many people jumping ship, what's up with that?
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