Tenet - “Slam Dunk”
From Bob Woodward interview on CBS, "Sixty Minutes," April 15, 2004 --
On December 21, 2002, Woodward says CIA Director George Tenet brought his deputy, John McLaughlin, to the Oval Office to show the President and the Vice President their best evidence that Saddam really had weapons of mass destruction.
"McLaughlin has access to all the satellite photos, and he goes in and he has flip charts in the Oval Office. The President listens to all of this and McLauglin's done. And, and the President kind of, as he's inclined to do, says -- 'Nice try, but that isn't gonna sell Joe Public. That isn't gonna convince Joe Public,'" says Woodward.
In his book, Woodward writes: "The presentation was a flop. the photos were not gripping. The intercepts were less than compelling. Bush turned to Tenet. 'I've been told all this intelligence about having WMD and this is the best we've got?'"
Says Woodward: "George Tenet's sitting on the couch, stands up, and says, 'Don't worry, it's a slam dunk case.'" And the President challenges him again and Tenet says, 'The case, it's a slam dunk.'...I asked the President about this, continues Woodward, and he said it was very important to have the CIA director -- 'Slam-dunk is as I interpreted is a sure thing, guaranteed. No possibility it won't go through the hoop.' Other present, Cheney, very impressed."
...It was just two weeks later when the President decided to go to war.
(Bob Woodward on "Sixty Minutes," April 15, 2004. See also, "Plan of Attack" by Woodward, pages 247-250)