LaRouche Calls Tenet's Book An Institutional Attack On Bush-Cheney White House

29 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>LaRouche Calls Tenet's Book An Institutional Attack On Bush-Cheney White House</h1><p>APRIL 29, (LPAC)--On Sunday, April 29, 2007, former CIA Director George Tenet appeared on CBS-TV's Sixty Minutes news magazine to deliver what Lyndon LaRouche characterized as a "CIA institutional" attack on the Bush-Cheney Administration, with particular venom directed against Vice President Dick Cheney. Tenet's TV interview aired one day before the release of his memoirs of his seven years as CIA Director, titled <em>In The Eye of The Storm</em> .</p><p>Tenet assailed the Vice President for his persistent false claims that the Bush Administration went to war with Iraq because of the CIA Director's purported December 2002 Oval Office characterization of the evidence against Saddam Hussein as a "slam dunk." Tenet denied that the "slam dunk" comment referred to the CIA's evidence that Saddam Hussein had amassed weapons of mass destruction, and made it clear in the interview that the decision to go to war with Iraq was not made on the basis of that White House meeting, but had been made long before that Oval Office briefing. Tenet described the leak to the <em>Washington Post</em> of those purported remarks as a "total breach" between the White House and the CIA. Tenet reported that he immediately called his White House contact point, then-Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and denounced the leak as "the most despicable thing ever."</p><p>Tenet also made clear that the CIA never believed there was any connection between the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the Al Qaeda networks that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Tenet described how he had gone to the White House weeks before the 911 attacks, and had asked then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to get Presidential authorization for a preemptive strike against Al Qaeda inside Afghanistan, because the CIA had evidence that Al Qaeda was preparing "imminent multiple mass casualty attacks inside the United States." Rice sluffed off the warning and assigned a third level NSC staffer to pursue the matter, according to Tenet's Sixty Minutes account.</p><p>Tenet also had choice words for Richard Perle, the head of the Defense Policy Board at the time of the 911 attacks. On Sept. 12, 2001, Tenet was at the White House to brief the President when he ran into Perle, who said that "Iraq should pay the price" for the previous day's attacks on New York and Washington. Tenet stated categorically that there was never any Iraqi link to the 911 attack--or any other operational act against the United States while he was CIA Director.</p><p>Lyndon LaRouche further commented on the Tenet interview and the book: "From what I know about the problems at the CIA that have been created by the Bush-Cheney Administration, I fully understand that the Tenet book is not a personal matter, but an institutional response by the CIA, which, therefore, carries far more weight and implications."</p></div></body>