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continue to this day."
So much for immediacy.
Tenet received more flak on Feb. 5,
2004, after a speech at Georgetown
University when he said prewar intelli-
As CIA director
"never said there was an immi-
for the better part of
two presidencies, his
The phrase "imminent threat" doesn't -
mean anything in this case. Pick up a
been under fire for
transcript of the 2003 State of the
lapses in intelligence
address, read seven paragraphs
KIRSBAUM since 9-11.
16 words and you'll find:
Until now, any criti-
said we must not act until
cism of the Bush
Since when have
terrorists and tyrants announced their
dling of all things war-related has been
intentions, politely putting us on notice
met with angry rebukes by conservatives
before they strike? If this threat is per-
complaining about Bush-bashing by the
mitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all
all words and all recriminations
Enter_ Bill O'Reilly.
too late. Trusting in the
On Tuesday, during a segment of
of Saddam Hussein
ABC's Good Morning, America, the
Fox News commentator and head of the is not a strategy, and it is not an
"No-Spin Zone" apolo-
War was on Bush's mind back then,
gized to viewers for giv-
it didn't matter what people said.
ing the administration
I was sold on a pre-
the benefit of the
doubt that Saddam
Hussein's weapons of
Secretary of State
mass destruction posed
Colin Powell the week
an imminent threat.
He also questioned
why Tenet still had his
Tenet has been taking flak since
assuming responsibility for the 16-word
for Saddam Hussein.
statement in Bush's State of the Union
"Inspections will not work," he also
address on Jan. 28, 2003: "The British
government has learned that Saddam
had to have scared him
Hussein recently sought significant
him think in terms of
quantities of uranium from Africa."
and if this reluctant
The president also used intelligence
who was I to
reports to imply that the Hussein matter
couldn't wait, and had to be addressed
Powell has been relatively invisible in
weeks, but I have to wonder if he
Now that Saddam Hussein is in an
with the Tenet excuse as he
"undisclosed location" not of his choos-
ing, Bush's tone changed during this
I've noticed that beginning with the
year's State of the Union address.
administration, if someone in
"Some in this chamber, and in our
power screws up, only an apology is
country, did not support the liberation
necessary to keep their job. Fess up, look
of Iraq," he said. "Objections to war
contrite and keep collecting your pay-
often come from principled motives.
But let us be candid about the conse-
It happened in 1993 with Attorney
quences of leaving Saddam Hussein in
Janet Reno after the bloody
power. We're seeking all the facts —
at Waco, Texas, and it's
already the Kay report identified dozens
happening with Tenet, but that doesn't
of weapons of mass destruction-related
make it right.
program activities and significant
And when comedian-peace activist
amounts of equipment that Iraq
Garafalo seems to know more
concealed from the United Nations.
head of the CIA, heads should
Had we failed to act, the dictator's
weapons of mass destruction would
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