Politics and the CIA

The agency is supposed to provide honest intel on Iraq. But does the Administration want to hear it?

For more than a year, George Bush stood by CIA Director George Tenet, dismissing critics who said the agency failed at its core mission--preventing attacks against the homeland. But loyalty is a two-way street for this White House, and since Bush began making his case for war with Iraq, his aides--particularly the hard-line ones--have pressed Tenet to join the march. For the President's war speech in Cincinnati last week, Bush aides badgered the CIA to declassify more intelligence on Saddam Hussein's ties to Osama bin Laden. As a result, Bush was able to disclose that "a very senior al-Qaeda leader received...

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