Krauthammer: "Our Intelligence Has Really Been Awful" By "Undershooting" On The Big Issues


BILL O'REILLY: Now, here is where Charles and I disagree. I believe that U.S. intelligence has done a good job in protecting the nation, but you don't see it quite that way, correct?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, they've done a very good job in protecting us from post-9/11 terror attacks. In fact, I think one of the reasons there was such shock and dismay yesterday as a result of this. This is the first time, I don't think people are aware of this. This is the first time there has been a successful bombing attack in the U.S. since 9/11.

There have been a lot of terror attacks, about ten or so but they are all with guns. One was a guy driving a car into a crowd deliberately. So what we had yesterday was a scene, an urban scene, people screaming, a lot of smoke, people being hurt on the street. It had the resonance of 9/11.

So in that sense, we've been very well protected. The place where our intelligence has really been awful is in understanding the big issues like the nuclear weapon issue in Iraq, where we undershot; in North Korea, where we're now being told we completely undershot. We learned last week this sort of hair-raising news that the North Koreans might have the capacity to put a nuke on a rocket, which we had been assured for years was years away. So we have a history of undershooting on what's happening abroad. (The O'Reilly Factor, April 16, 2013)

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