Ever have a Eureka!-moment in the middle of the night, one of those blinding flashes of insight or dawning ideas that you suddenly realize is totally original? And then you wake up in the morning, excited by your own brilliance and eager to share it with the world only to discover that somebody’s been there before you?
Frustrating, isn’t it?
Even though I spent half the day yesterday on the Fable (or Fairy Tale, if you’d prefer), it didn’t occur to me until last night what else the report meant–that George Tenet, who was supposedly so loyal to Junior that he fell on his sword for him over the Niger thing, was finally fighting back. After his sacrifice, the callous outing of one of his undercover ops (and the consequent destruction of who-knows-how-many on-going operations and current agents) for nothing more than a little political revenge must have hurt, but following close on the heels of that indignity came nearly 2 months of listening to the Bushies blame the CIA for the mess in Iraq and claim it was the CIA who fed them all those lies, and how were they supposed to know if the Company said everything was copacetic?
And now this morning, I check the invaluable Digby over at Hullabaloo (which I do every day more or less because she’s always worth reading; you’ll find a link to her site on the side of this page), and what do I find? Yessir, Digby’s already been there (scroll down until you see the title “Angry Spooks”):
The bigger issue, it seems to me, is the ongoing war between the CIA and the administration. It is clear that the administration “sexed-up” the intelligence and is now trying to shift the blame to the CIA for it. When the administration stupidly attempted to make Tenet take the fall for the Niger flap the battle was drawn. The CIA is fighting back. They were used and brow beaten into making assessments that fit the agenda of a bunch of neocon radicals. The assessments have been proven spectacularly wrong, and the CIA is left holding the bag. The congress is issuing reports that they provided lousy intelligence which means that they are going to have to defend themselves against charges of incompetence.
This is a very dangerous situation for the administration; the CIA is not the institution you want to make your enemy. The Plame affair is really only the first shot across the bow.
As usual, I think he’s hit the nail on the head–the CIA is in a position to toast their corns for them and is turning up the heat. I suggested a long time ago (on a BBS, before I started this blog) that George Tenet, while not the cleverest CIA Director we’ve ever had (no Stansfield Turner or John Deutch, he) is a competent administrator and a long-time insider who knows how to play the game. He’s showing that now, and there will be more to come.