At the Center of the Storm is George J Tenet’s way ofstriking out against the Bush Administration’s war on Iraq. The book is released today by Harper Collins. Problematically, Tenet’s stance is taken at a time that it is politically convenient for him but not for the soldiers who have lost their lives since the start of the Iraq war, 3350 at last count Tenet claims that his statement “slam dunk” comment was not only taken out of context, but that nothing he said would have deterred the war.
“George, how confident are you?” asked the president.
“Don’t worry, it’s a slam-dunk,” Tenet said.
In his book, Tenet acknowledges that the intelligence regarding Iraq’s weapons programs were wrong but points the finger of blame on Cheney and Pentagon officials. All books by a CIA employee have to be approved by the CIA Publications Review Board. I suppose because Tenet is trying to shift the blame from the ineptness of the intelligence that the CIA gathered to the Bush Administration, this book passed without much of a murmur.
Tenet was a 2004 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freeom. Tenet was reportedly paid $4 million for this book and is commanding $50,000.00 per speaking engagement. For some reason, this strikes me as wrong, that Tenet should not be able to profit for helping to perpetuate a lie to the American public about the reasons we went to war. Larry Johnson, former CIA official, stated that he believes Tenet should share the profits of his book and speaking engagements with the families who have suffered a loss. While I don’t see it happening, it would be a good gesture; one worthy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.