Powerline has the scoop:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has now learned of a second, more stunning error in Tenet’s book (which is due to appear in bookstores tomorrow). According to Michiko Kakutani’s review in Saturday’s Times,

On the day after 9/11, he [Tenet] adds, he ran into Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and the head of the Defense Policy Board, coming out of the White House. He says Mr. Perle turned to him and said: “Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. They bear responsibility.”

Here’s the problem: Richard Perle was in France on that day, unable to fly back after September 11. In fact Perle did not return to the United State until September 15. Did Tenet perhaps merely get the date of this encounter wrong? Well, the quote Tenet ascribes to Perle hinges on the encounter taking place September 12: “Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday.” And Perle in any case categorically denies to THE WEEKLY STANDARD ever having said any such thing to Tenet, while coming out of the White House or anywhere else.

W’s biggest mistake was placing any faith in any hold-over from the the Clinton Administration. The list of Clintonistas that left America exposed, even after the first WTC attack, is long. Too many retained positions of influence after Mr. George “Bipartisanship” Bush won power.

Bush understands that radical Islam is at war with civilization. He doesn’t seem to understand that a far more powerful enemy has been at war with his administration since the 2000 election. That enemy could care less about the threat posed by radical Islam. In fact, it is happy to ally itself with radical Islam whenever it hurts Bush. Witness Harry Reid telling Al Qaeda that the US has already lost in Iraq. That more powerful enemy is the Democrat party, ably assisted by its billionaire funders and the MSM.

Tenet is playing the Clintonista game. No wonder he let Wilson and Plame defame the administration. Bush should have realized which team Tenet was on long ago. The fact that he trusted Tenet tells us much about the character of both men. Tenet seems not to have had any; Bush too much for Washington.

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