[A]n unnamed CIA briefer… flew to Bush's Texas ranch during the scary summer of 2001, amid a flurry of reports of a pending al-Qaeda attack, to call the president's attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US." Bush reportedly heard the briefer out and replied: "All right. You've covered your ass, now."Call it apocrypha noir.
The you’ve-covered-your-ass line has been cropping up again in the media since reports have emerged that the Bush administration “ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown.” And given the financial ravages yet to come, I feel confident that in a decade or so we’ll be reading that Bush has only one testicle -- the result of a freakish childhood accident involving the insertion of lit firecrackers into frog rectums.
Consider this the start.