YOU DON’T FIND A LOT of nice things said about George Tenet on this site, but this article from Time on the “CIA’s Secret Army” has an interesting passage:
It was George Tenet who began rebuilding the SOG five years ago when he took charge of the CIA, but the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, accelerated his efforts.
The CIA folks seem to have done an excellent job in Afghanistan, and I mentioned somewhere that whoever was behind revitalizing them deserved praise. If it’s really Tenet (I suppose this could just be after-the-fact PR puffery) then he deserves considerable credit.
UPDATE: Here’s my old post which was about Special Forces, not just the CIA paramilitary operations. The point still holds, though.