And that, my friends, is basically what George Tenet's new book is: a recounting of how he played like shit and helped the president take us into a catastrophic war. At least, that's apparently what his former colleagues at the CIA think. In a letter published on Alternet, Tenet is chided and scolded and downright tongue thrashed for his appalling lack of leadership and courage.
We write to you on the occasion of the release of your book, At the Center of the Storm. You are on the record complaining about the "damage to your reputation." In our view the damage to your reputation is inconsequential compared to the harm your actions have caused for the U.S. soldiers engaged in combat in Iraq and the national security of the United States...
...It now turns out that you were the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community -- a grotesque mixture of incompetence and sycophancy shielded by a genial personality. Decisions were made, you were in charge, but you have no idea how decisions were made even though you were in charge.
...Most importantly and tragically, you failed to meet your obligations to the people of the United States. Instead of resigning in protest, when it could have made a difference in the public debate, you remained silent and allowed the Bush Administration to cite your participation in these deliberations to justify their decision to go to war. Your silence contributed to the willingness of the public to support the disastrous war in Iraq, which has killed more than 3300 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
And they even use the "hundreds of thousands" figure for Iraqi deaths.
Yep, he played like shit and here's his book. Though, I can't take credit for knowing the Joey Barton quote. While I do know more about English football than any girl from Oregon should and therefore know of Joey Barton because he plays for Manchester City -- the team A. supports -- A. was the one who made the comparison between Barton's quote and Tenet's book.
I have such a witty boyfriend...