Tenets of Influence

A forthcoming report from the CIA Inspector General puts forward a proposal to investigate former agency director for an official rebuke. Tenet is accused of not effectively sorting through disputes between the CIA and the National Security Agency concerning shared intelligence on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda activities. This recommendation is a very delicate matter of adminstrative etiquette, report Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball:

It puts current CIA director Porter Goss in the extraordinary position of having to decide whether to initiate a formal inquiry into the job performance of his predecessor, who was such a White House favorite that President Bush pinned a Medal of Freedom on Tenet after his retirement from the CIA.

Really, though, we don't think Goss has to be all that worried. Experience has taught one surefire method of getting out of these kinds of contretemps: Just tell the president the whole thing will be a "slam dunk" and move on to the next agenda item. Before you know it, you'll have a Medal of Freedom of your very own! And you know what else? Those things are coated in a special rebuke-repellant nickel plate!

Assigning Blame [Newsweek]


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