Friday, May 04, 2007

Who's Right About This?

George Tenet, former CIA director, has written a book. Some say that it's a "tell all" book. Others say it's only a "tell some" book.

Everyone, however, seems to agree that Tenet now agrees that evading Iraq was a terrible mistake. But here's another question: Was it his responsibility to say so 'way back when he finally tumbled to what an idiotic move it was? Or is it fair game to wait until he resigns and lands a $7 million book deal?

Here's Tenet himself:
You know, history will make a judgment. I'm not one at the front end who said, "Don't do this." It wasn't my job to say this.
And here's an alternate view, as expressed by long time Washington D.C. reporter David Corn:
Don't the citizens of the United States deserve to know what happened in the run-up to the war (and to 9/11) for free? Tenet may feel--as he claims--damn lousy about the screwed-up National Intelligence Estimate that helped pave the way to war in Iraq. But he did not feel bad enough to resign--or to disclose earlier what had gone wrong. He sat on the story and now is peddling it for personal profit.
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1 comment:

Bryan said...

Having worked in intel, you tell the truth as you know it or you say nothing. If it's classified, you say nothing.

Amazingly enough, a great deal of intelligence gathering is based on trust. If you can't be trusted, no one will deal with you.

You let politicians lie, that's what they are good for.