Here in Washington we are pretty much inured to effrontery, but [former CIA Director George] Tenet’s book and tiresome interviews have earned him the degree for chutzpah summa cum laude. We are supposed to feel sorry for this pathetic soul, who could not muster the integrity simply to tell the truth and stave off unspeakable carnage in Iraq.
Rather, when his masters lied to justify war, Tenet simply lacked the courage to tell his fellow citizens that America was about to launch what the post WWII Nuremberg Tribunal called the “supreme international crime”—a war of aggression.
Tenet’s pitiable apologia demonstrates once again not only that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but that the corruption befouls all those nearby.
McGovern is a former CIA senior official--one of many outraged by Tenet's behavior. None of which justifies Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, etc. Maybe they are all right, at least insofar as they criticize one another...The circular firing squad has its appeal with this gang.