August 30, 2005, - 8:04 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Today’s USA Today has a giant puff piece about two CIA wives, Stephanie Glakas-Tenet and Julie Sussman, and their silly new book, “Dare to Repair Your Car! A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its and Talking Shop.” (The first thing they need to repair is the title. Way too long.)
Yes, Glakas-Tenet is the wife of former CIA director George Tenet. She claims she learned how to repair cars because her husband was always away. Judging from the way he ran the CIA (Hello? . . . 9/11, Arming Palestinian Terrorists, etc.), maybe Tenet should have stayed home and repaired the car. Our country would have been a lot better off.
This is one of the few cases in which we, here at DebbieSchlussel.com, understand why the feminist wife held on to her maiden name. The CIA wives also wrote books on home fix-its and plumbing. (Insert CIA plumbing joke here.)
There are plenty of good car repair books, but they are by men who weren’t married to a failed CIA director, so no big plug in USA Today. Perhaps the time is right for CIA wife Joe Wilson (a/k/a Mr. Valerie Plame) and FBI double agent Robert Philip Hanssen’s wife to write home improvement and fix-it books, too. It would certainly be better than the boring fiction Wilson has already written about Niger, Saddam Hussein, and his wife.
Tags: car repair books, Central Intelligence Agency, Debbie Schlussel, director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, George Tenet, Job Idea, Joe Wilson, Julie Sussman, Niger, Robert Philip Hanssen, Saddam Hussein, Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, USA Today, Valerie Plame