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Person of the Day: The Georges

AUGUST 22, 2007
George Tenet being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
While Mr. Brodner is on a brief break from Person of the Day, I thought I'd add one to keep the feature going. I first became aware of just how responsible the current administration is/was in not doing what it should to halt or prevent the terror attacks of 9/11, by reading "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right", by Al Franken. In it, he recounts the ways this administration ignored warnings, evidence and the threat of Al-Qaeda. While Richard Clark tried his best to make everyone understand the scope of the threat, George Bush began amassing the record of the president who took the most vacation time. George "Slam Dunk" Tenet, the CIA head at the time, apparently did not do a job worthy of earning him the medal awarded to him by W, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The CIA reported, in a 19 page report, that 50 to 60 C.I.A. officers knew of intelligence reports in 2000 that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, may have been in the United States, and failed to grasp the role being played by the terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. However, none of those officers thought to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the potential domestic threat, the report says, evidence of what it calls a systemic failure. The inspector general recommended that the former director George Tenet, be held accountable for their failure to put in place a strategy to dismantle Al Qaeda in the years before Sept. 11, 2001. From Brownie to Rumsfeld to Harriet Miers and on and on, George Bush has shown he does not gather facts and draw new conclusions. He and his friends are beyond reproach.