your post made me think of something i had not thought of before.
with the lifting of sanctions against saddam near, and one of his main goals being the destructions of israel, would iran and iraq have gotten into a moon race over who could nuke israel first? saddam believed that if he could destroy israel it would bring him the respect and admiration of the arab world. he would be come the defacto leader of the arab world. he had a lot of money and most of what he needed. plenty of folks willing to sell him the rest. he had the people.
we would not have caught khan and libya would still be on the nuke path. for whatever reasons, it was gaddafi's confessions that helped track khans activities. the reorganization of intel and the more aggressive actions of interception, allowed us to catch that nuke shipment to libya.
you think that gores global warming rants were more for attention? could be. he does seem to like it. i think that if he'd been prez he would have embraced this international global warming movement and gone along with damaging regulations. europe was nuts about the stuff. fortunately, economic reality has tamped some of it down