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Media Spinning Tenet

Reported by Eleanor - June 4, 2004 -

A little tidbit from "Down Goes Tenet" by William Rivers Pitt (http://www.truthout.org) to expand your horizons about what most of the media is not telling us concerning George Tenet's resignation.
Down Goes Tenet


Pitt says:

The Valerie Plame case is creeping towards the White House, and Bush is reaching out to lawyers. Ahmad Chalabi is being sized for leg irons because he has been acting on behalf of Iran. The war is a disaster, and the Office of Special Plans owns a vast amount of blame for it, along with the neo-con hawks who put the whole scheme together.

Is Tenet's last act a last-ditch effort to pull the White House out of the maelstrom by, again, scapegoating himself and his agency? Former CIA Director Stansfield Turner seems to think so. Turner believes this resignation is "too significant a move at too important a time" to be motivated by personal considerations. "I think he's being pushed out," Turner said on CNN. "The president feels he has to have someone to blame. I don't think (Tenet) would pull the plug on President Bush in the midst of an election cycle without being asked by President Bush to do that."

It makes sense. Tenet's resignation will allow the Bush administration to say the Iraq situation was the fault of CIA and the 'intelligence' offered. Tenet's position can now be filled with a Bush loyalist; one name floated recently for the position was none other than Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

Will it work? If the mainstream media chooses to accept White House spin as fact, Bush will be helped by this resignation. If the mainstream media continues to avoid reporting on the OSP, the true source of the Iraq 'intelligence,' and the real reasons for this war, Bush will be helped by this resignation.

Yet Bush is calling his lawyer. Hm.

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William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and international bestseller of two books - 'War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know' and 'The Greatest Sedition is Silence.'