George Tenet & the Last Great Days of the Cia

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CASE STUDY #2 - GEORGE TENET AND THE LAST GREAT DAYS OF THE CIA DONNA HANKINS - PAS 301 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY #2 – GEORGE TENET AND THE LAST GREAT DAYS OF THE CIA The study of George Tenet’s actions leading up to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan leaves little doubt about the dysfunction within our government from the appointment of officials to the decision making process itself. Tenet was appointed by President Clinton as Director of the Intelligence (DCI) in 1997, just 19 months after becoming deputy to DCI. It was noted that Tenet had never managed a large organization, worked as an intelligence officer or serviced in the military, all of which would have provided the experience and expertise needed…show more content…
(Environmental Leader. 2009) The U.S. used this data as justification for Cap and Trade legislation which was later dropped. In addition, even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency own research and data did not support global warming yet it too was used to support climate change legislation! (Halbert. 2009) CONCLUSION Both lessons show an inherent lack of honor, integrity and, to a large extent leadership. The textbook defines honor as being a “moral compass” an individual possess. (Shafritz, Russell & Borick. 2011. p. 176) In addition, integrity is a person’s word or bond that gives them credibility in their actions and commitments. Tenet lacked both honor and integrity when he made the decision to allow the use of data he knew to be false as a basis for war, and put the blame for the botched data on his staff saying, “While so many opportunities to sound the alarm were missed is a mystery to me.” (White Jr. 2008) Throughout the process he had many opportunities to right the wrongs and chose rather to allow it to continue without asserting himself. In doing so, Bush, Collin Powell, Tenet himself and the very agency Tenet led all lost credibility from world nations and their own country. Leadership is defined in the textbook as someone who “get people to do things they have never done before, to do things that are not routine, and to take risks – and sometimes
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