Thursday, June 3, 2004

Your Sword, Sir

From the New York Times:

President Bush Cites ‘Personal Reasons’ in Announcement

WASHINGTON, June 3 — George J. Tenet has resigned as director of central intelligence, President Bush said today in an announcement that stunned Washington by its timing.

“Today, George Tenet, the director of the C.I.A., submitted a letter of resignation,” Mr. Bush said on the South Lawn of the White House. “I met with George last night in the White House. I had a good visit with him. He told me he was resigning for personal reasons.”

But while Mr. Bush said he had told Mr. Tenet he was sorry to see him go and that he had done “a superb job on behalf of the American people,” there was immediate speculation that there was much more behind the departure than Mr. Tenet’s wish to leave the demands of a post he has held since 1997.

Now he can write his book.