Friday, July 11

George Tenet Takes the Fall

The CIA Director took the bullet for the State Of The Union fiasco:

In a statement released Friday evening, Tenet said that the CIA had seen and approved the speech before it was delivered, and he took responsibility for the mistake.

"The president had every reason to believe that the text presented to him was sound. These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president," he said.

The CIA director also said, "I am responsible for the approval process in my agency."

Still too many questions here. What was Tenet's motive? Did he really have an axe to grind? If so, what axe? How did Cheney not know (or not take responsibility)? Or was he asked to punch up the case against Iraq by his bosses? Did Tenet simply jump on the sword for the War Gang?

There's something about all this I'm not buying.