Pat Lang is on a roll this morning—
On George Tenet as a likeable guy:
I dislike George Tenet. I always have disliked him. I knew him well when he was head of the staff at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). I then thought that he was an ignorant, oily, political "hack" who "weathervaned" constantly to know which way the wind blew. He was pitifully under-qualified to be DCI and his lack of integrity under pressure in 2002 reflects his character in general.
On worrying about civilian deaths in war:
Most of the "tough guys" who like to talk about killing civilians have never seen a dead human other than in a casket in a funeral home.
On Bill Clinton’s “cowardly pacifism:”
I never voted for President Clinton, never gave him any campaign money, thought he was ludicrous in many of his actions, but to call a former president of the United States a coward and a pacifist takes a lot of hubris. You have to be really full of yourself to do that. He avoided military service? If that were a criterion for public service then
The announcement of the beginning of our withdrawal will merely signal to all concerned that the "real" fight has begun.
In that context it must be understood that US logistical teams, advisers, the embassy, etc will all be at terrible risk during and after (the embassy) our withdrawal.
To withdraw our combat forces and leave these others in the country would be criminal. As Voltaire said, "pire qu'une crime, c'est stupide!"
I wish he would say more about this. The narrow point sounds right (Underbelly's class military analyst has been making the same point in unpublished emails for weeks). But I’m one of those who believes that we are stuck with the