Tenet with Cheney and Bush in the White House, 2003 (White House photo)

Tenet: Not a 'slam dunk' after all

Now he tells us!

Coming to a bookstore near you: At the Center of the Storm, by George J Tenet (HarperCollins, 2007).

In his tell-all book, Tenet takes aim at the Bush administration, saying "There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat." He claims, further, that the infamous phrase "slam dunk" was taken out of context and wouldn't have mattered anyway because the decision to go to war in Iraq was a foreordained conclusion.

Well, doh!

The book hasn't been published yet (due out April 30), so I am basing this wholly on the account of the book in today's New York Times (see sidebar).

As much as I look forward to reading Tenet's tale, I have to say I am fed up with these guys who wait until the damage has been done to spill their guts. I don't see much honor in telling the story now. The price of loyalty and silence has been too high — too many lives lost and shattered, too many billions of dollars, too much irreparable harm to America's stature and leadership in the world.

The truly heroic, noble, patriotic act would have been to call a press conference at the time and declare the emperor bare-ass naked. Imagine what a different world it would be today if those who knew had found the courage to put national interest ahead of political loyalty and expediency.

Pogo poster

Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, I expect we'll see several more insider accounts that strip the veil of secrecy from the Bushies in an attempt to save, or burnish, their own reputations. Can Colin Powell's book be far behind? Will Rummy rant? Will Condoleezza leak? Will Alberto regain his memory? Imagine what Rove could reveal!

Pogo never had it more right: We have met the enemy, and he is us.