Intelligence Professionals Hold Tenet Accountable Too

30 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>Intelligence Professionals Hold Tenet Accountable Too</h1><p>APRIL 30, (EIRNS)--Even as some current and former U.S. intelligence community officials were praising former CIA Director George Tenet's attacks on the White House in his just-released memoir <em>At The Center of The Storm</em> , a well-respected group of ex-CIA officers were publicly calling on Tenet to return his Medal of Freedom and turn over a portion of his book royalties to the families of American soldiers and intelligence officers killed and wounded in Iraq. On April 28, 2007, a number of retired intelligence officers sent an open letter to Tenet, via Harper Collins Publishers, holding him responsible for going along with the Bush-Cheney war drive against Saddam Hussein, and failing to stand up to White House pressure to "politicize" the intelligence product to fit the Administration's objectives "We agree with you," the retired officers wrote, "that Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials took the United States to war for flimsy reasons. We agree that the war of choice in Iraq was ill-advised and wrong headed. But your lament that you are a victim in a process you helped direct is self-serving, misleading, and, as head of the intelligence community, an admission of failed leadership. You were not a victim. You were a willing participant in a poorly considered policy to start an unnecessary war and you share culpability with Dick Cheney and George Bush for the debacle in Iraq."</p><p>The letter was signed by Phil Giraldi, Ray McGovern, Larry Johnson, Jim Marcinkowski, Vince Cannistraro, David McMichael and Patrick Lang. In a similar vein, former CIA officer Michael F. Scheuer penned an April 29, 2007 op-ed in the Washington Post, denouncing Tenet's book on similar grounds.</p><p>Despite these legitimate criticisms, other intelligence community sources emphasized that the Tenet book would shape the Bush-Cheney Administration's legacy, and that the focused attacks on Cheney and on other "anti-intelligence community" neoconservatives within the Administration would make it extremely difficult for any future administration to create such disastrous intelligence "stovepipes." According to one source, Tenet never actually made the "slam dunk" comments at the December 2002 Oval Office meeting, which were attributed to him by Washington Post editor and author Bob Woodward, but that he chose not to flat-out deny the remarks because it would have been tantamount to calling President Bush a liar.</p></div></body>