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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/01/1410229
In a new book, former CIA director George Tenet blasts the administration, saying it had no firm rationale for invading Iraq, and accuses the White House of trying to shift blame to the CIA. In response, six former CIA officials are accusing Tenet of hypocrisy for not speaking out earlier.We speak with one of those former Intelligence officials, Ray McGovern. [includes rush transcript]
Now, in the fifth year of the war, yet another former Bush administration official is accusing the White House of manipulating intelligence to justify the 2003 invasion: George Tenet - the former director of the CIA. Tenet's new book "At the Center of the Storm" went on sale on Monday. In it, he blasts the administration, saying it had no firm rationale for going to war. Tenet accuses the White House of trying to shift blame to the CIA by falsely asserting that he told President Bush finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be a "slam dunk."
Tenet also accuses Vice President Dick Cheney and his neoconservative allies of pushing the nation into war. He writes: "There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."
Tenet resigned in 2004 as the second-longest-serving director of central intelligence. Bush later awarded him the presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award.
Now, six former CIA officials, including former top terrorism experts, are accusing Tenet of hypocrisy for not speaking out earlier. In a letter issued over the weekend, they call on Tenet to "dedicate a significant percentage of the royalties from [his] book to the U.S. soldiers and their families who have been killed and wounded in Iraq."
One of those former intelligence officials joins me now from Washington DC:
AMY GOODMAN: On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished."
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Major combat