Washington Toast - George Tenet, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, recently received a four million dollar book advance for writing about his contribution to the 9/11 tragedy and the ginning up to the war in Iraq, absolving himself of fault by blaming Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Tenet says he knew about threats of flying planes into buildings, but told NSA director, Condoleezza Rice.
Not exactly the dog ate my homework; instead: the dog sat on my homework - for two months.
Chimneys steaming, the White House issued a terse statement: Tenet not their official piano player. Whoops.
Tenet further insisted, "Everything goes through a chain of command. You never talk directly to the President." Really? Even if the guy's pants are on fire? Is he like the Wizard of Oz behind a curtain guarded by Cheney, Rove and Alberto? Seems like a garbage carrier has more direct access to his driver than the head of the CIA has to the President. Say, you're on Air Force One discussing football while smoking Cuban cigars, you never thought to mention, "Hey, boss, guess who has us in their crosshairs?"
Up in the clouds, Judy Garland is singing, "Somewhere over the rainbow..."
George also denies saying, "Finding WMD in Iraq would be a slam dunk". He meant something else. It's vague. Abstract. Convoluted. Whatever he meant and said was overruled by everyone's evil uncle, Dick Cheney, and his intelligence gathering sources that were married to Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department Intelligence. "They had the larger budget. Their intelligence was accepted over the CIA's."
"...way up high..."
Still, with over three thousand dead, over a million Iraqis dead, and no WMD found, and into a war he managed to "Slam Dunk" this nation, he accepted a Medal Of Freedom. "You did a heck of a job, George."
Retired CIA agents believe that Tenet should give his four million dollar book advance to families of Iraqi veterans. Asked whether he would contribute any of his gold to veteran's families, he explained that he already contributes to good causes. Meaning: "No way."
"...birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can't George?"
Maybe because bookstores have already discounted his book at 40% off.