4,752. 3/15/2003

After informing President Bush in March 2003 that Vice President Dick Cheney was going to make an erroneous speech regarding the Iraq-al-Qa’ida link, then-CIA Director George Tenet said: “CIA found absolutely no linkage between Saddam and 9/11. At best, all the data in our possession suggested a plausible scenario where the ‘enemy of my enemy might be my friend,’ that is, two enemies trying to determine how best to take advantage of each other. …We told the president what we did on Iraq WMD because we believed it. However, we did not bend to pressure when it came to a possible past Iraq-al-Qa’ida connection. …Those who say that we cooked the books or knowingly let the administration say things that we knew to be untrue are just wrong.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – George Tenet with Bill Harlow, At the Center of the Storm, Pages 341-342

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