Friday, April 27, 2007

"Here's Your Medal, What's Your Hurry?"

For the director of an intelligence agency, George Tenet is sounding a bit naive as he promotes his memoirs of life in the Bush Administration.

"You don't do this. You don't throw somebody overboard just because it's a deflection. Is that honorable? It's not honorable to me," Tenet told 60 Minutes in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

But that is exactly what they do. Ask Scooter Libby, Kyle Thompson, even Heck-of-a-Job Brownie.

The "deflection" is use of his "slam dunk" remark to refer to WMD when he actually said it about the case for going to war with Iraq.

"I was a talking point. 'Look at the idiot (who) told us and we decided to go to war,'" Tenet said.

President Bush handed him the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, as he going out the door, but that apparently was not enough to salve his wounded feelings. The White House has no comment.

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