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In the Real Reality TV, the C.I.A.'s Chief Is the Survivor

As director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet has spent much of the last six weeks being sharply questioned on Capitol Hill and before the Sept. 11 commission about failures on his watch. Not only did the Central Intelligence Agency miss opportunities to detect the Sept. 11 plot, Mr. Tenet has now acknowledged, but it also badly overstated the case for Iraq’s possession of illicit weapons — a “slam dunk,” Mr. Tenet is reported to have assured President Bush. And yet, Mr. Tenet is emerging as something of a case study of a political survivor in the capital, where few officials within the administration or in Congress predict that he is in any danger of losing his job — at least anytime soon. Mr. Tenet, the only senior official from the Clinton administration to be held over by President Bush, has proven his resiliency, and his success at restoring morale in the C.I.A. has won him many admirers within the administration and on Capitol Hill. Full Story

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