Former CIA chief George Tenet sounds like the whiniest, sorriest little whimperer ever in this tidbit reported on Drudge. He complains that it’s just not fair for his comment about the “slam-dunk case” on Iraq’s WMDs to be used against him. Aww, poor little man. Here’s a worthless apparatchik who did a terrible job at the CIA on multiple fronts, complaining that somebody actually had the gall to think that a CIA chief talking about a slam-dunk case should be taken at his word that it was a slam dunk case. Gee. The fact is that then-Senate Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama had long said that Tenet was a disaster, and had long urged his replacement, way, way before President George W. Bush finally let Tenet go. Shelby was right. Why Bush kept Tenet is a real mystery. But that is Bush’s Achilles Heel: He keeps appointees on board even if they prove themselves to be not up to the task at hand. Bush apparently believes that loyalty is a virtue and its exercise a good deed, even when loyalty runs into other values such as competence. Well, Tenet’s new book shows that no good deed goes unpunished. Bush was loyal to Tenet and kept him on board — quite wrongly — in the face of much criticism. In return, Tenet takes a dump on Bush. Tenet is a creep.
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