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Old 06-03-2004, 11:19 AM
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Good riddance, Tenet

Just resigned.
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:26 AM
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Just read, it only said "personal reasons" ,, major f up...
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:32 AM
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Poor George, William Casey without the brian tumor, i.e. no sword on which to fall. Ah, for the daze of Ron Reagan, deficet spending, spandex and big cell phones.
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:24 PM
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Maybe he's tired of being the fall guy.
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:37 PM
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Fall Guy? No. The only true Fall Guy is Lee "Yes. I slept with Farrah" Majors. Pary on, Lee. Bye-bye Georg-e-boy
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Old 06-03-2004, 01:30 PM
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One George down, one to go!
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Old 06-03-2004, 02:02 PM
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One always has to wonder about resignations at that level. Was it a resignation or the lesser of two evils? GWB didn't have to accept the resignation if he truly felt that Tenet was truly doing an excellent job.
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:23 PM
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Anyone care to speculate on what the other shoe dropping is going to be?

perhaps a scathing report, cancer or what’s behind the box where the lawyer is standing?
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:31 PM
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Is that the new album from "The Libertarians"?

Hey hey we're the libbies!
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:42 PM
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I think the guy was put in an impossible position. Cheney was litterally hanging around Langley, berating the CIA for not coming up with Intel that fit his preconcieved notions. Also, as we know from former staffers Clarke and Sec. O'neill, Bush was obsessed with Iraq, sanpping at Clarke to find something to blame 9/11 on Iraq. That stuff is public. I can just imagine what the private stuff between Bush and Tenet were like. I think Tenet just tried to make the boss happy. As a former CIA top spook, he won't be able to say much to damage Bush without risking prison. He was a good political choice as a fall guy:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5130488/site/newsweek/site/newsweek/

You want to see real incompentence, here's tomorrow's scandal:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5131524/
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Old 06-04-2004, 01:45 PM
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So should we start a pool on when Tenet's book will be published?
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Old 06-04-2004, 01:52 PM
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The current media theories about his resignation:

1) He wants to spend more time with his family

2) He has stated that it will take at least 5 years to reconfigure the CIA and he doesn't want to start what he can't finish

3) Administration has issues with his "slam dunk" quote

4) Anticipated release of Congressional reports critical of his time at the helm of the CIA
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Old 06-04-2004, 02:05 PM
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Outside of Clancy’s books I've never paid much attention to the CIA or any other police branch for that matter. The comments that Tenet’s tenure as the spy chief was a near record made me wonder, and don’t beat me up too much for this as, I never paid attention before, but I wondered if the CIA leadership is historically operated at the whim of the west wing? I thought that CIA, FBI and other semi-secret and secret branch were operated as fact finding organizations.........

Anyone know of historical information on this?
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Old 06-04-2004, 02:11 PM
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Geopolitical Diary: Friday, June 4, 2004

George Tenet resigned Thursday as director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. His leaving was not routine. Such resignations are usually carefully orchestrated, with the departing worthy standing behind the president while praise is heaped on them. This time, the president simply and unexpectedly announced Tenet's departure -- and hours later, Tenet announced the same to the CIA staff. Apparently, President George W. Bush and Tenet met Wednesday evening, something happened, and Tenet left Thursday.

This is not simply a matter of the president finally cleaning house in the intelligence community. And it is not simply a matter of long-term problems being dealt with -- if it were, more cover would have been given. Nor is it obvious that Tenet was fired. That may be the case, but there are circumstances under which he would have resigned.

This one isn't simple. It is, however, important.

Theory No. 1: Tenet and the CIA have been hammering home the fact that Ahmed Chalabi was a double agent for Iran. On Wednesday, the agency leaked the story that Chalabi had compromised a National Security Agency operation that had broken Iranian codes. The target of these attacks was not just Chalabi, but the Defense Department in general, and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz in particular. Wolfowitz runs a small intelligence shop headed by Abe Shulsky, who had championed Chalabi. If they were sponsoring a double who was compromising NSA code-breaking, that was quite an intelligence disaster.

It is possible that Bush decided that Tenet had simply gone too far in washing dirty laundry in public. The president is not going to clean out the Defense Department and therefore regarded Tenet's attacks as too extreme. Hence, Tenet was fired. The alternative explanation of this theory is that the CIA had the goods not only on Chalabi, but on the DOD disaster as well. Tenet met with Bush and laid out the story, expecting the president to clean house; Bush refused, and Tenet -- disgusted -- quit.

Theory No. 2: This has nothing to do with Chalabi and everything to do with former Ambassador Joe Wilson, whose CIA agent wife's cover allegedly was blown by a White House aide. An investigation was going on to find out who had leaked Valerie Plame's name. Interestingly, the president was reported to be hiring a lawyer in the case -- not necessarily incriminating in any way, but certainly not a great PR move for a president to have to make.

Assume for the moment -- with only this little evidence -- that the investigation was moving toward the president in some way. Tenet, aware of the implications of the Justice Department findings, and belonging to a culture that regards protecting cover as a sacred obligation, confronted Bush. After years at the agency, Tenet was not going down covering the Plame affair.

Theory No. 3: The president actually is cleaning house. He has fired Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, and now he is firing Tenet. He will fire other people. He is doing this with the coordination and grace that have marked most other PR efforts in the Bush administration. In other words, it looks far worse than it actually is and, instead of turning the page, is spawning endless speculation.

In any case, a major figure in the history of the U.S.-Islamist war is out.
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Old 06-04-2004, 08:20 PM
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A good friend of mine works for the CIA.

While he can't speak about much, he doesn't think Tenet is leaving as a "fall-guy". He's spent way too much time working and would like to get to know his family again. If you look at pictures of when he took the job and compare them to the way he looks now you'll see what the job has done to him.
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