June 3, 2004

Tenet "Quits"

So George Tenet was fired.

WASHINGTON - CIA Director George Tenet, buffeted by controversies over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has resigned. President Bush said Thursday that Tenet was leaving for personal reasons and "I will miss him."

Okay, so I don't know if he was actually fired. They always just "quit" for "personal reasons."

Maybe Tenet really did quit for personal reasons. Of course that's possible. Maybe he's just rich and old and wants to hang out at the house and in the Bahamas. Who could blame him?

Here's some free advice, though, for the Bush Administration and every other adminstration that follows: When you fire someone who's embattled in controversy, just say that you fired him. It might not be nice, but it will earn you some points as well as protect the reputations of people who really do quit for personal reasons.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at June 3, 2004 5:53 PM
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