Thursday, April 26, 2007

Preview of Tenet Interview on 60 Minutes

I found this at First Draft:

CBS has a preview of Tenet's interview on 60 Minutes this coming Sunday....

Tenet says what bothers him most is that senior administration officials like Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continue using "slam dunk" as a talking point.

"And the hardest part of all this has been just listening to this for almost three years, listening to the vice president go on 'Meet the Press' on the fifth year [anniversary] of 9/11 and say, 'Well, George Tenet said slam dunk' as if he needed me to say 'slam dunk' to go to war with Iraq," he tells Pelley. "And you listen to that and they never let it go. I mean, I became campaign talk. I was a talking point. 'Look at the idiot [who] told us and we decided to go to war.' Well, let's not be so disingenuous … Let's everybody just get up and tell the truth. Tell the American people what really happened."

CBS link - here


JudiPhilly said...

And let's not forget that Cheney shot an old man in the face.

Larry said...

The rats are all starting to turn on each other.

Tenet is like Colin Powell, he knowingly sold a war with lies and now he doesn't want to be associated with a disaster he helped create.

I can't wait till they all tear each others throats out.

Anonymous said...

George Tenet's 60 Minutes interview shows that not
only is "honor and loyalty" a dead issue in Wash DC
but so is dignity. That Tenet could act like a five
year old and think that he can have his birthday cake
and eat it too, hints at the kind of broken down
drunks, erectile dysfunctions and perverts (I don't
know anything about Tenet) with which we are peppering
the CIA and why the Soviets so easily penetrated it.

Don't get me wrong, there are many hard working people
in the agency-- even dedicated and heroic ones. In
fact, most of these were "contract agents" who served,
not for career but for cause. These invariably came to
be called "uncontrollable," like loose cannons fully
loaded with all sorts of inside secrets WAAAAAAAAY
beyond "need to know" and could go off at any time.

Yes, the CIA is, was and always will be a high-calorie
costly playpen for people who could not outgrow the
007 image (for example, note the uniforms of the
security guards at the entry turnstiles!). The private
lives of CIA bureaucratic spooks, swapping wives,
drinks, drugs and secrets, were in a closed community.
Yet they were fiercely competitive with each other for
pats on the head from above, especially from
Pennsylvania Avenue. And, for this CIA "information
service," killing truth is the most common
assassination they did for presidents and power

What exposes the CIA best is moments like Tenet's
tight face shot on 60 Minutes when, unable to realize
that in they physics of this universe you can't have
your cake and eat it too. Instead of answering
questions he acted like a brave girl facing his rapist
in court, the media. Similarly to Tenet on CBS, Hayden
before the Senate, McLaughlin on CNN, Sheuer before a
Congressional Committee, etc, all think they can
control the truth as if it were urine coming from each
his own hose own. AS if controlled by their own grip
"bombshells" would be followed up by "sorry, it's must take my word for it" and other
sophistic conclusions emanation from each of their
excretory organ.

To be sure, a lot of ex-bang,bang shoot them up guys
go into the ops division because there's no "crap" to
it than in the military. But most are CIA people are
bureaucrats dealing in saccharine sweetening
propaganda so that the public can't tell that it is
feces. Whatever side they are on, they are babblers
pretending to be erudite, thinking all along that they
have the sphincter-like grip it takes to control the
urine flow during interviews. But what exposes them--
ALWAYS-- is the drip, drip, drip leaks that their grip
can't stop.

Part of the trouble is that the CIA DOES NOT deal in
facts-- therefore does not deal in TRUTHS. It deals in
"intelligence." Intelligence is to data as perception
is to sensations. It's not what you see, hear, taste
or smell that counts but how the intelligence of a
select group of brain cell assemblies (or CIA
committees) interpret that data. So, assessments are
nothing but assessments of assessments, or, giving it
a pompous name: "intelligence"; that's what it takes
to turn "secrets" into pre or post-hoc justification
for policy making. People used to a pat on the head
from the Executive Branch, as explained by CIA big
shot Pillard, suffered fear driven diarrhea-- with the
appropriate odor required from above-- on demand when
even a pear-shaped wimp like Cheney came around
insisting on having it his way. Abroad, for the most
part, all the CIA's 007s do is pass out cash for
"intelligence" which they later turn into

A CIA operator's best years are when young, stupid,
reckless and out on the make-- the YUPPIE years.
Afterward, it becomes office-desk-life trying to
approximate the high-life in Northern Virginia,
selling secrets, leaking to the media or writing
books. Still, then, I must admit, CIA operatives are
at least born endowed by God with a good brain, unlike
the dummies at the Pentagon-- who get rich on
retirement working as influence peddling dummy board
members for the military-industrial complex.

Mr. Tenet spoke for himself, but also as
personification of a bureaucracy; so as he opened his
mouth, despite the visual obstruction from his wagging
finger, by looking deep into it we got a good look at
his mind.

Personally, I wouldn't give a nickle for this guy. But
do get Tenet's book so you can read all about how he
suffered from hemorrhoids and that Bush is a
hemorrhoid. To understand the Tenet's issue is like
understanding the Bird Flu virus-- so you can then
make a vaccine against it. I'm part Greek and must say
that Tenet is one Greek in front of whom I wouldn't
bend down to pick up the soap if in a gym shower room.
He's not ably conspiratorial, he's just unable to
realize that it can't be and not be at the same
time...that's an "intelligence" problem.

Daniel E. Teodoru