Dan Bartlett is Counsel to the President. He tries to swat the Tenet book before anyone has a chance to read the George Tenet’s book. Try to see how many false statements you can pick out in Bartlett’s comments.
Let’s start with his opening remark. The president weighed all of the options before attacking Iraq. Um, no. Not true. According to the warm and fuzzy Bob Woodward book, Plan of Attack, there was never ever a cabinet meeting on the pros and cons of going to war. There was no discussion. It just happened. The only meaningful discussion was between Colin Powell and the President. When you hire a bunch of neocons who all came into office believing that Saddam was the root of all evil then there really doesn’t need to be any discussion. Feith, Cheney, Wolfie, Scooter and Rummy. What was there to talk about? Feith produced information that was fed to Cheney and Rumsfeld. They bypassed the CIA so that Bush would get neocon info 24/7. Bush ate it up and served it to the public.