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Thursday, June 03, 2004

George Resigns! Oops, wrong George

I hope George Tenet's 60 Minute segment and book come out before the election. Tenet and the CIA have been a measure of how scary the Bushies are--liberals, including me, have actually been defending the CIA on occasion against charges from the neonuts.

Bush gave Tenet a glowing review
:"He told me he was resigning for personal reasons," Bush said. "I told him I'm sorry he's leaving. He's done a superb job on behalf of the American people."

Tenet will serve until mid-July. Bush said that deputy, John McLaughlin, will temporarily lead America's premier spy agency until a successor is found. Among possible successors is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss, R-Fla., a former CIA agent and McLaughlin.

"He's been a strong and able leader at the agency. and I will miss him."
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Tom DeLay) wasn't so sure:
On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said: "He served his country a long time. History will tell what the implications of his tenure were."

"I think history will tell," the Illinois Republican said when asked how Tenet's performance would be judged. "It's too early to make that snap judgment."

"I think history will either vindicate him or say, 'Hey there was a problem there'," Hastert said.
On the other hand, there's little question how history will treat Hastert--there was definitely a problem there.