Crisis of one sort or another

On January 28, 2003 President George W. Bush said in the State of the Union address to Congress: "Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He's not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them."

It seems that we have a crisis. Possibly the claims were not as substantiated as they were stated to be, in which case we have a crisis of leadership. Perhaps we have a military and intelligence service that is incapable of finding hundreds of tons of hideous materials in which case we have a crisis of security. Finally the possiblity exists that our intelligence agencies are not up to the task and we have a crisis of intelligence gathering.

Three bad options.