Excerpt: Tenet Strikes Back

In an exclusive Time excerpt, the ex-CIA director says the White House's Iraq policy is a 'slow motion car crash'

Eric Draper / White House / AP

Former CIA Director George Tenet speaks with (l. to r.) Vice President Dick Cheney, then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and President Bush in the Oval Office, October, 2001.

From George Tenet's new book: At the Center of the Storm.

I first flew into Iraq just about the time Jerry Bremer took over as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, or CPA, during the third week of May 2003. I took a helicopter ride with Jerry right over Baghdad. It was daylight. The helicopter door was wide open, and I was looking out as we flew. On the ground, the environment was strikingly permissive, considering that a foreign army had just invaded the capital and deposed...

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