Mr. Woodward writes that in the weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Tenet believed that Mr. Rumsfeld was impeding the effort to develop a coherent strategy to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Mr. Rumsfeld questioned the electronic signals from terrorism suspects that the National Security Agency had been intercepting, wondering whether they might be part of an elaborate deception plan by Al Qaeda.
On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack. But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.GOI: Two more sources that testify that Rice and Rumsfeld didn't take the Osama bin Laden threat seriously. Yet more vindication for President Bill Clinton and the Dem's.
In the weeks before the Iraq war began, President Bush’s parents did not share his confidence that the invasion of Iraq was the right step, the book recounts. Mr. Woodward writes about a private exchange in January 2003 between Mr. Bush’s mother, Barbara Bush, the former first lady, and David L. Boren, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Bush family friend.
The book says Mrs. Bush asked Mr. Boren whether it was right to be worried about a possible invasion of Iraq, and then to have confided that the president’s father, former President George H. W. Bush, “is certainly worried and is losing sleep over it; he’s up at night worried.”GOI: Say what you want about GWH Bush but at least he was a smart guy unlike his son. He knew that invading Iraq was a mistake just like Scowcroft and other members of his cabinet (including Colin Powell). Bush Sr. had experience in intelligence coming from the CIA and knew the importance of getting your information right before you act. He knew that invading Iraq would have been a disaster. Hell, even then Sec. of Defense Dick Cheney knew that it would be a quagmire!! Quoting now from the book, "Fiasco" by Thomas E. Ricks:
We were there in the southern part of Iraq to the extent we needed to be there to defeat his forces and to get him out of Kuwait, but the idea of going into Baghdad, for example or trying to topple the regime wasn't anything I was enthusiastic about. I felt there was a very real danger here that you would get bogged down in long drawn-out conflict, that this was a dangerous, difficult part of the world.
Damning stuff Mr. Cheney, damning stuff.
UPDATE: Tony Snow is on the tee vee (as the goddess Randi Rhondes says) saying that the book is full of people saying things negative about the Bush administration because they weren't listened too. Yet, the Bush administration wasn't slamming Woodward's previous books that were rather kind to the administration!! Interesting.
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