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Rumsfeld Says Tenet's Work Helped Save Lives on Battlefield

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

SINGAPORE, June 4, 2004 – The work of George Tenet and the CIA "helped to save lives on the battlefield," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today in a written statement here.

Rumsfeld is in Singapore to participate in the annual "Shangri-la Dialog" conference, at which Pacific nations discuss areas of mutual interest and concern. Shortly before an appearance aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex today, the secretary issued the following statement about Tenet, who resigned as director of central intelligence June 2:

"George Tenet is an enormously talented public servant. I join the president in regretting George's decision to leave the government, and wish him the very best.

"George Tenet understood well that the relationship between the director of central intelligence and the Department of Defense is a critical one, and that our nation's success in war depends on it. The work of George Tenet and his team at the CIA has helped to save lives on the battlefield.

"The intelligence craft, from satellites peering across the globe to the soldier in the Humvee, is the blending of art and science. Mr. Tenet understands that in every dimension. America's warfighters will lose a friend and comrade when he departs his office."

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