In France, terrorism consultant Alexis Debat said Tenet had a reputation as a yes-man for Bush.
“He said what Bush wanted to hear,” Debat said in an interview. “The extent to which Tenet compromised his administration to retain the link with Bush is damning.”
Two French newspapers, the left-leaning Liberation and the more conservative Le Figaro, said they believed Tenet had clearly been fired by Bush administration to pay for its “fiasco” in Iraq.
Like Bush, Blair has been criticized for justifying the Iraq war by saying that Saddam’s alleged weapons of mass destruction posed a big threat. Coalition troops have failed to find any in Iraq.
The Independent newspaper in London, which strongly opposed the war, described Tenet’s departure as a “cheap sacrifice.”
“His resignation lifts a weight of baggage from Mr. Bush,” the paper said in an editorial. “The more flak Mr. Tenet takes, the less falls on anyone else.”
Politics certainly is an ugly business - and it seems to be unraveling for Bush.