By George Tenet
Within the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged within the wake of Sept. 11 and the Iraq struggle, one man's very important testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and gripping, At the heart of the Storm recounts George Tenet's time on the significant Intelligence business enterprise, a revealing examine the internal workings of crucial intelligence association on the planet throughout the such a lot demanding instances in contemporary historical past. With unprecedented entry to either the top echelons of presidency and uncooked intelligence from the sector, guiding principle illuminates the CIA's painstaking makes an attempt to organize the rustic opposed to new and lethal threats, disentangles the interlocking occasions that ended in 9-11, and gives explosive new info at the deliberations and techniques that culminated within the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
starting together with his appointment as Director of critical Intelligence in 1997, guideline unfolds the momentous occasions that resulted in 11th of September as he observed and skilled them: his assertion of warfare on al-Qa'ida; the CIA's covert operations inside of Afghanistan; the global operational plan to struggle terrorists; his warnings of approaching assaults opposed to American pursuits to White condo officers in the summertime of 2001; and the plan for a coordinated and devastating counterattack opposed to al-Qa'ida laid down simply six days after the assaults.
Tenet's compelling narrative then turns to the battle in Iraq as he offers dramatic perception and history at the run-up to the invasion, together with a firsthand account of the fallout from the inclusion of "sixteen words" within the president's 2003 country of the Union tackle, which claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy uranium from Africa; the genuine context of Tenet's personal now-famous "slam dunk" remark relating to Saddam's WMD software; and the CIA's severe position in an management predisposed to take the rustic to conflict. In doing so, he units the checklist directly approximately CIA operations and exhibits readers that in truth extra advanced than steered in different types of contemporary historical past provided to date.
via all of it, guiding principle paints an unflinching self-portrait of a guy stuck among the warring forces of the administration's decision-making method, the reams of scary intelligence pouring in from worldwide, and his personal sense of right and wrong. In At the guts of the Storm, George guideline attracts on his unrivaled event in the opaque mirrors of intelligence and gives the most important details formerly undisclosed to supply a relocating, revelatory profile of either a guy and a country in instances of challenge.
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Additional resources for At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA
It kept me up-to-date with the old “fun-and-games” gang. After graduating from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin, I transferred to a bank in Washington where in the course of business I met Ben Schemmer. He needed a loan that would enable him to acquire the old Armed Forces Journal. During that business process I met two of Ben’s friends, Bob Myers and Charlie Peters. We spent many most enjoyable business luncheons together. This is where “The Secret Team” emerged from a pattern of ideas to a manuscript.
Because of this twist of fate we have two very important books by Col. Prouty—The Secret Team (1973) and JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy (1992). What Col. Prouty offers here is an education. It is an opportunity for the reader to understand the political situation without the intervention of spin doctors or media omission and deception. Because the situation has not improved since Prouty’s nine years in the Pentagon, his assessment is even more relevant today.
But who is the real client? The Department of Defense? Or is it the strong arm representing the financial and political interests of Corporate America? Consider 9/11 as an example. Was anyone blamed for the lack of response? Was anyone fired? Did the commission follow the money? No. When we learn of the activities of individuals like G. Gordon Liddy, Col. Oliver North, Karl Rove, and others, or we read of the actions of private mercenary companies like Blackwater, or the private and public agencies who conduct “extraordinary renditions,” and other seemingly endless mystifying revelations of public deception that drag on across the decades, it strongly suggests that there is another team running things.