The guy built his reputation – and has been living on it ever since – during the Watergate scandal that took down Richard Nixon. Now everything he writes is accepted as gospel.
Bob Woodward has a pretty nice gig: Access to all levels of power, invitations to the best cocktail parties in D.C.
Now his new book is causing waves throughout Washington and there is one claim I find preposterous. Not because it isn’t possible, but because for it to have been kept quiet until now is unfathomable.
The New York Times reports:
[A]bout a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action.
How did something this big not come to light during the 9/11 commission hearings – either in public or in private? Talk about your smoking guns. This information would have crushed Rice and any thoughts she had about continuing her career in government.
Are we to believe Tenent forgot about the conversation until he was sitting in front of Woodward’s tape recorder?
Tenent: “You think that’s bad. I remember one time I set an emergency meeting with Rice to let her know that Al Qaeda had plans to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings, Pentagon and also the Capital. The bitch blew me off. Now, the information was sketchy because we wern’t sure what flights were going to be used, but I thought what we did have was pretty solid.”
Should we accept that a former CIA director was so forgetful, he didn’t tell the 9/11 commission of a warning he gave the national security advisor about an imminent attack?
Woodward: “I didn’t read anything about that in the 9/11 report. Why didn’t you tell the commission?”
T: “It never came up in conversation and it just didn’t seem that important at the time.”
Rather than asking why the story has just come to light:
The disclosures took members of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission by surprise last week. Some questioned whether information about the July 10 meeting was intentionally withheld from the panel.
The members of the 9/11 commission should be asking Tenent why he’s lying like a sack of shit.
The members of the 9/11 commission should be asking Tenent what his real agenda is.
My God, if I went to the NSA and told her the towel-headed Islamofascists dirtbags were going to be attacking any day, and she told me to get lost because she had to get her hair done, I think I’d have the balls to take it up the ladder.
The SOB worked for W, not for Rice. You can’t tell me he didn’t have direct access to Bush.
This guy is either a bald-faced liar (my assessment) or a spineless, candy-assed, weasel that’s afraid of his own shadow.