For as much as pundits have been calling for George Tenet's head on a platter for 9/11, I take another view. He has a job that is counter intuitive by it's nature. With most jobs, you get recognition when you do well. With the CIA, you are only recognized when you fail.
I am sure that the CIA has done some amazing stuff over the last few years that almost nobody will ever hear about. And I think Tenet is one of the few people who really understands the world as it is and should be the one to institue the changes needed to adapt the CIA to the 21st century.
Watching him in front of the 9/11 panel, I think it is also amazing that he hasn't hopped the table and beat the members of commission with thier own arms. You can tell how pissed off he is by how much he just looks down and plays with his little rubber band.
In a town where politics trumps common sense, he is a breath of fresh air. He gets IT. He understands. It would horrify me if he were to get the axe because it was politically expedient.