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Friday, July 11, 2003


checkmate on Tenet

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, July 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Billmon raises the intriguing possibility of a lose-lose proposition for Bush in the wake of Dean's petition (go sign!) :

the White House is obviously angling for George Tenet's resignation -- something that the neocon firebrands have been demanding since Bush took office.

But now, if Tenet resigns, it will look like Dean has drawn blood -- and an implicit confession that there is something very serious and very wrong going on inside the Bush administration.
On the other hand, if the White House backs down, and keeps Tenet, Bush will look like he's either:

a.) Conceding his responsiblity for the Niger uranium fiasco.


b.) Allowing a lying, incompetent CIA director (and even worse: a lying, incompetent Clinton-appointed CIA director) to remain in office because he doesn't want to take the political heat for firing him.

Even if these scenarios were unintended, they shouldn't be now. I think the Dean campaign has a nice blueprint for its rhetoric regardless of what Bush does. Either way, the heat stays on Bush - where it should be.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.