In One Eye

Sunday, June 08, 2003
Only two things worthy of note in the Courant this morning. (Of the three "substantive" pieces on the op-ed page, one had to do with Martha Stewart; the other had to do with Hillary Clinton.)
Most state residents give the news media high marks for balance and fairness when it comes to coverage of Connecticut government and politics, a new poll shows.

The poll, conducted by the University of Connecticut Center for Survey Research and Analysis, also reports that nearly half of the state's residents get their government news from newspapers.
OK. So the Courant may have a raison d'etre, but it certainly is self-indulgent about it.

And ...
Saddam Hussein's intelligence services set up a network of clandestine cells and small laboratories after 1996 with the goal of someday rebuilding illicit chemical and biological weapons, according to a former senior Iraqi intelligence officer.
As the article indicates,
The intelligence officer's account, parts of which could not be independently verified, gives ammunition to both sides of the [WMD] controversy. He said that U.N. sanctions and inspections in the 1990s crippled Iraq's ability to build illegal weapons and that Hussein's chemical, biological and nuclear programs effectively were eliminated in the mid-1990s.

But his description of an ongoing effort to prepare for illicit weapons production programs in the future suggests that Hussein would have remained a serious threat if U.S.-led forces had not ousted him.
So, perhaps, there are shades of gray in all of this. Indeed, this is the way life usually works out: there is no black or white; there is no right and wrong.

If only the Bushies could realize this.