Monday, April 30, 2007

GEORGE SMILEY HE AIN'T Watching George Tenet last night on 60 minutes was enlightening, and not in a good way: The man came off as petulant, arrogant and intellectually sloppy.

I'm sure CBS shot hours of footage and whittled the interview down to the most explosive bits. But the head of the CIA--the chief intelligence officer in the land--should be an analytical powerhouse, studious and unflappable. At least those are some of the strengths I'd be looking for if I were doing the hiring.

If Tenet possesses those qualities, he sure didn't show it.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.