By George Tenet
Within the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged within the wake of September 11 and the Iraq conflict, one man's important testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and gripping, At the heart of the Storm recounts George Tenet's time on the relevant Intelligence enterprise, a revealing examine the internal workings of an important intelligence association on this planet in the course of the so much demanding instances in contemporary background. With remarkable entry to either the top echelons of presidency and uncooked intelligence from the sphere, guideline illuminates the CIA's painstaking makes an attempt to arrange the rustic opposed to new and lethal threats, disentangles the interlocking occasions that resulted in 11th of September, and provides explosive new details 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 resulted in 11th of September as he observed and skilled them: his announcement of conflict on al-Qa'ida; the CIA's covert operations within Afghanistan; the global operational plan to struggle terrorists; his warnings of drawing close assaults opposed to American pursuits to White condo 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 struggle 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 words" within the president's 2003 country of the Union handle, which claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy uranium from Africa; the real context of Tenet's personal now-famous "slam dunk" remark concerning Saddam's WMD application; and the CIA's serious function in an management predisposed to take the rustic to conflict. In doing so, he units the list instantly approximately CIA operations and indicates readers that in truth extra advanced than instructed in different types of modern background provided so far.
via all of it, guideline 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 all over the world, and his personal sense of right and wrong. In At the guts of the Storm, George guideline attracts on his unequalled adventure in the opaque mirrors of intelligence and gives an important details formerly undisclosed to supply a relocating, revelatory profile of either a guy and a kingdom in instances of difficulty.