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Posted May 1, 2007
A squandered opportunity to tell the whole truth and come clean
With the publication of this book by George Tenet, the first significant crack that occurred in the wall of silence built by the blind loyalists of Bush¿s innermost circle has now become visible for all to see. It is only a matter of time before the other members 'Colin Powell?' join him too, and contribute to the collapse of the wall. Well, the inevitable has happened, at last. The cohesion of the members of the President¿s innermost circle, the Bush loyalists, has begun to unravel. In this book George Tenet claims that the Bush administration pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever having a serious debate about whether Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the United States. He claims that Bush¿s administration had decided to bomb and invade Iraq long before he used the infamous words ¿slam dunk¿ regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and he explains that Vice President Dick Chaney used Tenet¿s words out of context. According to Tenet, in 2002, deputy C.I.A. director, John McLaughlin presented a draft justifying the planned bombing and invasion of Iraq. George Bush was not impressed with this presentation and suggested that he should ¿add punch¿ ''sex it up' as they did at 10 Downing Street?' by bringing in lawyers trained to argue cases before a jury. The author thinks that sending more troops to Iraq will not help in controlling or reducing violence in Iraq. I wonder why he did not say anything in public when the President proposed to send 'a surge' of troops to Iraq. He unashamedly defends the CIA¿s ¿extraordinary rendition¿- capturing men suspected as being members of the Al Qaeda, and sending them to secret prisons overseas, hence beyond the reach of US laws, and using harsh interrogation techniques 'torture' to get either information or confession from these men. While criticizing Dick Chaney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice, he is reluctant to criticize George Bush even though Bush has made statements about Al Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein¿s weapons of mass destruction, and the reasons for Iraq Invasion not based on facts. So George Tenet reveals himself on these pages as less than truthful. The author is convinced that Dick Chaney made him a scapegoat for the Bush administration¿s failed Iraq policy, and now he feels betrayed by Bush¿s cabinet. There is an ancient, very famous, Indian saying: Do your dharma 'Do the right thing, do your duty'. When the President claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that it was trying to buy uranium to make atomic weapons, it was George Tenet¿s duty to speak up and warn Congress that the President¿s claims were not supported by facts. But by choosing to remain silent, he helped to spread misinformation to Americans. In this book he is trying to justify his behavior. He is trying to defend the indefensible. It is sad, but not surprising, that the author has squandered the opportunity to tell the whole truth and come clean. Nevertheless, three stars to George Tenet for singing now, albeit belatedly, and off-key.
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