Soldiers, seen in this image from video, ride in the back of a truck as they move away from helicopters of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade at the Harir airfield, 45 miles northeast of the Kurdish city of Irbil, in northern Iraq on Friday March 28, 2003. (AP Photo/APTN)
The Devil's Cigarette Lighter was a natural gas well fire at Gassi Touil in the Sahara Desert of Algeria. Ignited when a pipe ruptured on November 6, 1961, the Phillips Petroleum Company-owned well produced more than 6,000 cubic feet of natural gas per second, whose flame rose between 450 feet and 800 feet. The flame was seen from orbit by John Glenn. The blowout and fire were estimated to have consumed enough gas to supply Paris for three months, burning 550,000,000 cubic feet per day.
Stephen Colbert makes Donald Rumsfeld squirm until he nearly admits that the there was a lack of hard, factual evidence (what is never certain, Rumsfeld calls "intelligence") that was presented to the American people as hard and factual proof and a basis for war. In other words, "intelligence" presented as evidence by the President and government officials like Rumsfeld has undermined the public trust in government.