Devastating: Woodward's new book on Bush and Iraq

There’s no other way to describe it. Read the synopses at the Times and, especially, the Daily News. Michael Yon told me a few months ago we’re very close to losing the war. It’s not hard to see why.

John Cole asks a good question. I’m not sure what my answer would be, frankly.

The News actually has a second article about the book devoted to the “urgent meeting” Tenet and Cofer Black had with Condi Rice in July 2001 about their fears of an impending attack and a request for $500 million to go in and get Bin Laden ASAP. Some of the rhetoric is absurd, particularly coming from “Slam Dunk” George–

Black, looking back at the July 10, 2001, meeting with Rice, concludes, “The only thing we didn’t do was pull the trigger to the gun we were holding to her [Rice’s] head.”…

The book claims that two weeks before the July meeting with Rice, Tenet told Richard Clarke, the National Security Council’s counterterrorism director, of his gut feeling about a likely attack.

“It’s my sixth sense, but I feel it coming. This is going to be the big one,” the book quotes Tenet as telling Clarke.

–but score-settling and face-saving motives aside, there’s surely some truth to it.

I’m filled with … what’s the word I’m looking for? Ah yes: heart-ache.

Update: Gossipy electioneering from cover to cover, pronounces Moran.