Former Bush/Cheney Administration councilor, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove tells Reader’s Digest that an Obama administration will need to encourage dissent and be open to the public. Yet another case of the pot calling the Kettle black. (H/T: Think Progress)
Less obvious is how to create a White House where forceful debate can take place. Plain speaking, straight talk, and dissent must be encouraged, with participants thoroughly prepared, ideas offered with deference for opposing views, and colleagues not subjected to self-serving leaks. The power of the Oval Office can cower critics and silence disagreement; the Chief Executive must labor hard to make it a place of debate and vigorous debate.
In other news according to an Atlantic article on an upcoming book entitled “World of Trouble” about the troubled relations between the U.S and the Middle East, while at Prince Bandar’s pool in Saudi Arabia, now former disgraced CIA Director George Tennet, allegedly channels Mel Gibson when he rails against the neoconservatives and “the Jews” for setting him up to be the fall guy over bad intelligence on WMD.
A servant appeared with a bottle. Tenet knocked back some of the scotch. Then some more. They watched with concern. He drained half the bottle in a few minutes.
“They’re setting me up. The bastards are setting me up,” Tenet said, but “I am not going to take the hit.”
“According to one witness, he mocked the neoconservatives in the Bush administration and their alignment with the right wing of Israel’s political establishment, referring to them with exaxperation as, “the Jews.”
Don’t be surprised if you see Tenent trying to star in Lethal weapon 5 or do a remake to the Passion of the Christ.
Tenet denies the account in the book and Anti-Defamation League President Abe Foxman is coming to Tenet’s defense.
But on a more serious note this is just another element and account that shows just how confused and chaotic the Bush/Cheney administration was in the lead up to the war with top officials egos driving them to battle with each other instead of actually looking at the real intelligence or constructing a real post-war plan. it would be hilarious if it wasn’t so frightening and so tragic.