I got so into what I was saying about the ultimate "blame" for the war when I was writing the post about Tenet, I forget to mention the most striking thing from the whole interview! Tenet said that on September 12th, 2001 on his way to brief President Bush about al Qaeda’s involvement in the Twin Trade Tower attack, he ran into Richard Perle in the White House. Perle said something like "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday." If you don’t know who Richard Perle is – he’s the mother of all neoconservatives. He’s still at it [Perle], going from place to place defending the neoconservative foreign policy and narrating a PBS Special. The neocons are already countering Tenet’s claim in the Weekly Standard. William Kristol says that Perle was in France that day, unable to get a flight to the States and "… Perle in any case categorically denies to THE WEEKLY STANDARD ever having said any such thing to Tenet, while coming out of the White House or anywhere else."