Friday, July 11, 2003

Bush: “I just work here.”

Read the article about Tenet’s statement, but here’s the shorthand:

Bush: "I just read what they gimme. That's what makes me a strong leader."

They asked Tenet to sign-off on a technically accurate deception and he agreed. That is all his mea culpa says. The CIA didn't want to sign-off on the claim at all. They reached a compromise. But remember where Truman said the buck stopped.

Tenet said, “These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president.” Of course, Tenet did not write the speech. And he never should have been asked to be a party to the deception.

In true form, the supposedly deeply religious Pat Roberts reflects the values he holds most dear:

"What now concerns me most ... is what appears to be a campaign of press leaks by the CIA in an effort to discredit the president," Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the panel, said in a written statement.

Sen. Roberts is “most” concerned with the damage to Bush’s reputation—not whether that damage is deserved. Thanks for looking out for the American people, Pat.

Prediction: After reading the tea leaves, Rove will have Dubya provide a rather empty, lame, too-little-too-late, "buck stops here" type statement.

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