* Question number two that was in my mind. James Woolsey, he showed intercepts, he showed photo intelligence. He talked about human resources that we had. How much intelligence was compromised?
* On a scale of one to 10, one being the most sanitized of intelligence information and 10 being laying out all our intelligence ammunition, where was he yesterday on the scale?
* Terence Taylor, as I look at some of the pictures that we were talking about just a moment ago with James Woolsey, the pictures dramatic in that they show Iraqi trucks pulling away from sites virtually as the, as the inspectors trucks are pulling up. How compromised are the inspectors there? Are they totally infiltrated by Iraqi intelligence?
James Woolsey, the Iraqis immediately challenged a lot of what was shown, said it was altered, said it was doctored. The international community — do they know that stuff was genuine?
Oh, anybody who is objective about this I think does. The people who now doubt whether or not Saddam really has WMD programs, chemical and bacteriological, in particular, are really of two types, either they work for Saddam or they’re doing a human imitation of an ostrich. There really are, I think, no other possibilities.
James Woolsey, former CIA Director, Terence Taylor, former weapons inspector, I thank you both.
Oh, the “skepticism” is just so bountiful. The administration must have been just furious with Gibson for his tough, skeptical questions. Later in the show, Diane Sawyer introduced Gibson at the top of the hour and he said: “I’m Charles Gibson in New York. We’re gonna have more reaction to Colin Powell’s presentation at the United Nations. It was very direct, it was detailed, it was comprehensive.” That’s just scathing commentary by Gibson.
On the same show, Diane Sawyer introduced Martha Raddatz to talk about the Powell speech, and Raddatz promptly said things like this: “Good morning, Diane. Secretary Powell laid out a strong case against Saddam Hussein,” and like this: “Powell said Iraq moved weapons to avoid detection. Satellite imagery, he said, shows a storage area for chemical weapons,” and like this: “Powell also said evidence indicates that Iraq may have 25,000 liters of anthrax, has two of three components needed to build a nuclear bomb, and has ties to and harbors al Qaeda.”
They then cut to Condoleezza Rice saying: “The Iraqis know what they need to do. And a little bit here and a little there is not going to get it done.” Raddatz concluded: “Powell’s presentation walked a delicate line between revealing new information and protecting methods of intelligence gathering.” There was not a single syllable uttered that questioned any of this and, needless to say, no dissenting voices were heard.
But this morning, Charlie Gibson specifically points to the tough, skeptical reporting he did with regard to Powell’s U.N. speech to prove what a great job the media did. Worst of all, that they think they did a good job means they’ll not do anything different in the future.