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The Broader Context

Tenet is critical of Cheney’s VFW speech, but also notes the broader context of U.S. intelligence having underestimated Saddam’s nuclear program in the past (page 316):

In his VFW speech, the vice president reminded the audience that during the first Gulf war, the intelligence community underestimated Iraq’s progress toward building a nuclear weapon. No doubt that experience had colored the vice president’s view of U.S. intelligence gathering ever since, but it also had a profound impact on my views and those of many of our analysts. Given Saddam’s proclivity for deception and denial, we, too, were haunted by the possibility that there was more going on than we could detect.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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