George Tenet says that the Bush Administration used him as a scapegoat. His "Slam Dunk" comment was taken out of context and overblown.
This is yet another blow for the Bush Administration. Although the claims of no real debate taking place is not surprising. This only confirms what many people (myself included) thought all along. It is clear that the Bush administration wanted to go to war with Iraq even before 9/11. In fact, they wanted to go to war with Iraq before Bush even became President. If you read old documents from the PNAC (Project for a New American Century), a right-wing neo-conservative group that basically became the foundation of the Bush administration, you will find that interest in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, and concern for oil are spelled out. The use of military power to inject Democracy into the Middle East and to control energy are major aims of the organization.
Some believe that Tenet followed along too willingly, and allowed himself to be used, and that he even facilitated the Iraq disaster when he probably knew better. He should have spoken up while he was still in office.
George Tenet will be on 60 Minutes Today. This will be the kickoff of several speaking engagements and interviews that he will do all across the country. I will blog his interviews here, so stay tuned.