4,325. 12/21/2002

Former CIA Director George Tenet explained his use of the term ‘slam dunk’ to describe the case of Saddam having WMD in Iraq, on December 21, 2002: “I certainly don’t deny using the term ‘slam dunk’ or strongly believing that Saddam had WMD. But the phrase has, in my view, been intentionally misused and thus completely misunderstood by the public at large. …The picture that has been incorrectly portrayed is: ‘You said, ‘slam dunk’ and they all went, ‘Well, we’re done. Let’s go to war.’ But that’s not the way it was.”

 – George Tenet with Bill Harlow, At the Center of the Storm, Pages 362-363

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