U kent hem als de CIA-man die zogenaamd maar niet heus George W. Bush zou hebben afgevallen. Dat beeld klopt niet. Blijkt bijvoorbeeld uit deze uitspraak van Kay, godbetere op de (linkse) zender NPR:
Liane Hansen: Knowing what you know now, though, did Iraq pose an imminent threat?
Kay: Liane, I think this is one of the questions the American public and politicians are going to have to grapple with. "Imminent" depends -- it's a risk assessment. How risky are you to run? And in the shadowing effect of 9/11, it seems to me that you recalculate what risk based on the intelligence that existed. I think it was reasonable to reach the conclusion that Iraq posed an imminent threat. Now that you know reality on the ground, as opposed to what you estimated before, you may reach a different conclusion -- although I must say I actually think Iraq, what we learned during the inspection, made Iraq a more dangerous place potentially than, in fact, we thought it was even before the war." (Accentuering van A.D.)
En in de LA Times:
'Kay said there was "a constant stream of trucks, cars, rail traffic" moving from Iraq to Syria. (Accentuering van A.D.) "We simply don't know what was moved," he said, adding, "The Syrian government has shown absolutely no interest in helping us resolve this issue."'