Tenet: Guess the Pony Express Wasn't Delivering That Month
- ROEMER: OK. I'm just confused. You see him on August 6th with the PDB.
TENET: No, I do not, sir. I'm not there.
ROEMER: OK. You're not -- when do you see him in August?
TENET: I don't believe I do.
ROEMER: You don't see the president of the United States once in the month of August?
TENET: He's in Texas.
OK, we're starting to get a picture of just how bad the technological lag was at the intelligence agencies. . . Imagine poor Tenet, desperately wanting to tell the president about this threat to national security: But no! The president is in Texas! Texas! "I just wish I had a way to speak to someone without actually being present in the room. . . some device that might transmit sound or text over wires. . . maybe even through the air! Oh, that's crazy. . . I might as well imagine that terrorists would take planes and use them as missiles!"