In the cliquish, cutthroat high school that is the Bush administration, the Central Intelligence Agency casts itself as Carrie, the disparaged and bullied outsider. And like that ill-used heroine of Brian De Palma's horror movie, the C. It's a hair-raising tale of political infighting, but it has been told many times, particularly by "Frontline," which has produced several similar documentaries about the ill-prepared rush to war. Cheney twisted arms — and the facts — that it allows the C. The documentary's assertions about Mr. Cheney are not in doubt. Tenet, the C. But there is a more complicated story behind the power grab. The interviews are interesting and revealing, but they do not explain why the Bush White House was so dismissive, and why these outspoken critics were so silent back when it mattered most.
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On Sept. Both leaders acted fast, to prepare their country for a new kind of war. But soon a debate would grow over the goals of the war on terror, and the decision to go to war in Iraq. Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and others saw Iraq as an important part of a broader plan to remake the Middle East and project American power worldwide. Meanwhile Tenet, facing division in his own organization, saw non-state actors such as Al Qaeda as the highest priority.
THEY WERE the horsemen of an apocalyptic decade, a truculent trio who saw themselves as the incarnation of good in a perpetual war on terror. Dick Cheney regrets nothing. There is something particularly chilling about Cheney, the most powerful vice-president in US history. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us. At a minimum, , civilians have died violently in Iraq since the US invasion, according to the Iraq Body Count database.