4,493. 2/5/2003

Discussing Secretary of State Colin Powell’s February 5, 2003, speech to the UN, which supported going to war with Iraq, then-CIA Director George Tenet wrote: “Our [CIA] goal…was to come up with rhetoric that was both supported by underlying intelligence and worthy of what we all hoped would be a defining moment. Despite our efforts, a lot of flawed information still made its way into the speech. No one involved regrets that more than I do. …We allowed flawed information to be presented to Congress, the president [Bush], the United Nations and the world. That never should have happened.”

 – George Tenet with Bill Harlow, At the Center of the Storm, Pages 373, 383

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