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February 13, 2007

The Human Toll Of War

More about George Tenet and his new book:

The publisher who met with Mr. Tenet said he had spoken extensively about the toll that the Iraq war had taken on his family, particularly on his son, who was"teased mercilessly" at school. "Other kids would yell, 'Your dad's a murderer!' and that kind of thing," the publisher recalled him saying.

While one feels for Tenet's son, we must remember he has not been the only one to suffer: a recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers estimated that 650,000 Iraqis have also been mercilessly teased. And I've heard 3,000 U.S. soldiers were made fun of so cruelly by the other children that they ran back home to America hidden in metal boxes covered in flags.

Posted at February 13, 2007 12:26 PM | TrackBack

Has anyone told Tenet he's a murderer?

I'll volunteer.

Posted by: Ed Marshall at February 13, 2007 01:10 PM

wait a minute, didn't he get a medal or something after he retired? why didn't he tell his kid to tell his peers about the medal, or better yet, let him take it to school?

seems to me that if your boy is being teased for being the son of a murderer and you've got a presidential medal of freedom just sitting there in your drawer and you refuse to let the boy take it to school to show the other kids, that's even worse than being a murderer. did he just forget to, just like he couldn't remember all sorts of shit when the 9-11 comission interviewed him?

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at February 13, 2007 01:37 PM

Why doesn't he just have his son murdered -- that's how he took care of so many other problems during his careeer.

Posted by: Pyrrho at February 13, 2007 01:52 PM

I'm sure that Tenet's son will get the payback he so richly deserves against those taunting him.  He just has to wait until he's old enough to go into politics and do some killing of his own.

Posted by: Dayv at February 13, 2007 02:04 PM

If that causes the son to grow up to be an antiwar hippie, all the better.

Schoolyard bullying sometimes gives you your best life lessons about what a fucked up legacy you carry.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at February 13, 2007 03:05 PM

Tenet's just collecting his winnings from where he played the game.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 13, 2007 08:12 PM

More likely his son will grow up to murder several people at random in a mall.

Posted by: BushYouth at February 14, 2007 02:13 PM

"Tenet said he is stepping down in part to spend more time with his son.

"I'm going to be a senior with him in high school", Tenet said. "We're going to go to class together. We're going to party together. I'm going to learn how to instant message his friends -- that would be an achievement."

From CNN story on Tenet's resignation.

I think this poor kid has more problems than a few of his classmates teasing him. If that did actually happen. We just have his dad's word for it and we know how to assess the worth of that.

Posted by: Aunt Deb at February 16, 2007 10:34 AM