George Tenet’s Saddam: A blowhard bluffing

Go figure, Tenet says of Saddam that “the irony of the whole situation is, is he was bluffing.” How ironic that nobody thought this blowhard dictator might bluff.

Remember those videos of Saddam Hussein brandishing an assault rifle (link) exhorting the cheering throngs of Iraqis into an anti-American frenzy. Then there was the time in 2001 that he actually fired off a couple of rifle rounds for the camera (link) to celebrate Iraq’s Grand Day of Quds.

Do you suppose a guy who enjoys waving a semi-automatic pistol around (link) might pretend he has a cache of nuclear bombs?

Here’s a picture you may have missed, showing Saddam with a giant sword (link). You don’t have to be a Freudian to draw conclusions from this one.

Here’s a collection of photos of gun totting Saddam (link).

Do you really have to be an expert on analyzing the personality of the authoritarian Arab mind to figure out that such a person might be bluffing when he claims he has the biggest bombs on the block?

Here’s what Maureen Dowd wrote in her May 2nd New York Times OpEd about “slam dunk” George Tenet, Slam for short:

“The irony of the whole situation is, is he was bluffing,” Slam said of Saddam on “Larry King Live” on Monday night, adding, “And he didn’t know we weren’t.”

Mr. He-Man Tenet didn’t understand the basics of poker, much less Arab culture. It never occurred to him that Saddam might feign strength to flex muscles at his foes in the Middle East?

Slam couldn’t take some of that $40 billion we spend on intelligence annually and get a cultural profile of the dictator before we invaded?

Aside from the fact that the best poker players bluff with quiet confidence, and Saddam’s bluffing was all bluster, Maureen is right on saying that somebody should have figured out that a man who got off on carrying a sidearm on his hip and waving an assault rifle around might just be bluffing about having weapons of mass destruction.

5 Responses to "George Tenet’s Saddam: A blowhard bluffing"

  1. mary cali  May 3, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Mary

    Rather than Slam I would call Tenet the Enabler. Tenet is still not telling all we need to know about the development and misuse of intelligence leading to this disasterous war. Enough of this around the edges, he needs to come under oath before a Democratically led Congress, if necessary behind close doors with the cleared Committee on Intelligence and be debriefed. His credibility is questionable at this juncture.

  2. Cashel Boylo  May 4, 2007 at 9:00 am

    When I was a child, my father used to read to me and my siblings at bedtime.
    All-round favorites were “Tales of the Arabian Nights” and similar stories of cultures very different from our own.
    In story after story, a wily Arab Sheik would pretend to resist an invader, his army fighting a token resistance all the way back to the crooked alleyways of the capital city, where the PEOPLE, especially the women and children, would tear the enemy apart with billhooks, sickles, scythes, kitchen knives and their bare hands.
    Doesn’t anybody know?
    “Cashel Boylo

  3. Cashel Boylo  May 4, 2007 at 9:00 am

    When I was a child, my father used to read to me and my siblings at bedtime.
    All-round favorites were “Tales of the Arabian Nights” and similar stories of cultures very different from our own.
    In story after story, a wily Arab Sheik would pretend to resist an invader, his army fighting a token resistance all the way back to the crooked alleyways of the capital city, where the PEOPLE, especially the women and children, would tear the enemy apart with billhooks, sickles, scythes, kitchen knives and their bare hands.
    Doesn’t anybody know?
    “Cashel Boylo

  4. Cashel Boylo  May 4, 2007 at 9:06 am

    How did a guy who can’t play poker get to head the CIA?
    Or is he lying?
    Would a CIA guy lie?
    Ask George H.W. Bush.
    Cashel Boylo

  5. Razor  May 4, 2007 at 9:39 am

    JFK knew the CIA had grown too independent and was becoming the private army of the MIC. He announced that he was dismantling the organisation and the federal reserve when he gave a speech about the secret societies we needed to beware of. Shortly thereafter he was killed. Not by Oswald who was merely a patsy, as was McViegh, as was Atta. The CIA and its many black ops compartments create the strife and political unrest around the globe so the american military industrial complex contractors can profit. Its been going on since the end of WWII. Ike warned us of it but he was on his way out so he was no threat, whereas JFK was a serious threat and had to be taken out. GHW Bush was involved that day in Dallas.

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