"...[A] fine piece of work--written, produced and directed by veteran Michael
Kirk and reported by Jim Gilmore and Lowell Bergman.
The material is far-reaching and undeniably important: It focuses on whether
Saddam Hussein's Iraq is actively involved in terrorist activities against the
United States and, if so, whether nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are
The program also examines what, if anything, the United States should do about
...But since Sept. 11...[e]very news medium--newspapers, magazines, network and
cable news--has its best people chasing the story. That makes it awfully hard
for Frontline to get new content on the air while it's still fresh.
There's a lot of interesting material in 'Gunning for Saddam.' It is clearly
written, crisply edited and cogently constructed. But there's nothing new in
"...There is little doubt that Hussein's disappearance from the scene would rid
the planet of a very bad man. But removing the leader of a sovereign state by
military force is a daunting and perilous prospect. And then there's that
nagging open question about his actual connection to anti-US terror. Even
Woolsey notes that 'if one sets the standard at conclusive evidence, one will
always be disappointed in virtually any intelligence assessment.' But if
'Gunning for Saddam' can't quite make the case for his guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt' it shows no reluctance to offer the jury an impassioned
argument for the death penalty, anyway..."
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