"To understand a difficult topic like Iraq takes patience and care. Unfortunately, you rarely hear a patient, careful or thoughtful discussion of intelligence these days."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."George Tenet on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."George Tenet on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."George Tenet on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."George Tenet on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."George Tenet on Albert Einstein
"The only people that ever stand up and tell the truth are who? Intelligence officers. Because our culture is, never break faith with the truth. We'll tell you, you don't have to drag it out of us."
"Here's the teaching point, if you're teaching kids about intelligence and policy: Intelligence does not absolve policymakers of responsibility to ask tough questions, and it doesn't absolve them of having curiosity about the consequences of their actions."
"As a nation we have, over the past seven years, been rebuilding our intelligence with powerful capabilities that many thought we would no longer need after the Cold War. We have been rebuilding our clandestine service, our satellite and other technical collection, our analytical depth and expertise."
"By definition, intelligence deals with the unclear, the unknown, the deliberately hidden. What the enemies of the United States hope to deny we work to reveal."
"When I came to the CIA in the mid-'90s, our graduating class of case officers was unbelievably low. Now, after years of rebuilding, our training programs and putting our best efforts to recruit the most talented men and women, we are graduating more clandestine officers than at any time in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency."