By George Tenet, Bill Harlow
within the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged within the wake of Sep 11 and the Iraq conflict, one man's very important testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and gripping, At the heart of the Storm recounts George Tenet's time on the vital Intelligence corporation, a revealing examine the internal workings of crucial intelligence association on the earth in the course of the so much hard instances in contemporary historical past. With exceptional entry to either the top echelons of presidency and uncooked intelligence from the sector, guiding principle illuminates the CIA's painstaking makes an attempt to organize the rustic opposed to new and lethal threats, disentangles the interlocking occasions that ended in Sept. 11, and gives explosive new info at the deliberations and methods that culminated within the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
starting together with his appointment as Director of valuable Intelligence in 1997, guideline unfolds the momentous occasions that ended in Sep 11 as he observed and skilled them: his announcement of battle on al-Qa'ida; the CIA's covert operations inside of Afghanistan; the global operational plan to struggle terrorists; his warnings of forthcoming assaults opposed to American pursuits to White apartment officers in the summertime of 2001; and the plan for a coordinated and devastating counterattack opposed to al-Qa'ida laid down simply six days after the assaults.
Tenet's compelling narrative then turns to the battle in Iraq as he presents dramatic perception and heritage at the run-up to the invasion, together with a firsthand account of the fallout from the inclusion of "sixteen phrases" within the president's 2003 nation of the Union tackle, which claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy uranium from Africa; the genuine context of Tenet's personal now-famous "slam dunk" remark concerning Saddam's WMD software; and the CIA's severe function in an management predisposed to take the rustic to struggle. In doing so, he units the list directly approximately CIA operations and exhibits readers that in truth extra advanced than instructed in different types of contemporary heritage provided to this point.
via all of it, guiding principle paints an unflinching self-portrait of a guy stuck among the warring forces of the administration's decision-making procedure, the reams of scary intelligence pouring in from around the globe, and his personal sense of right and wrong. In At the heart of the Storm, George guideline attracts on his unrivaled event in the opaque mirrors of intelligence and gives the most important info formerly undisclosed to supply a relocating, revelatory profile of either a guy and a country in instances of drawback.