From the July 2003 Idaho Observer:
Iraq's WMD: before and after the fall
A man named Jim Caddell, who refers to himself as the Unrepentant Liberal, compiled a list of quotes regarding Saddam's stockpiles of WMD and justification for U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq. The quotes, when placed in chronological order, tell the interesting story of how the U.S. government lied to the world as a thinly-veiled false pretext for war.
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
~Dick Cheney, August 26, 2002
Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
~George W. Bush, September 12, 2002
Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons...We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
~George W. Bush, October 5, 2002
The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas.
We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United States. The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his nuclear mujahideen - his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.
~George W. Bush, October 7, 2002
If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again...
~Ari Fleischer, December 2, 2002
The president of the United States and the secretary of defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it.
~Ari Fleischer December 6, 2002
We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
~Ari Fleischer January 9, 2003
It appears to be a re-run of a bad movie. [Iraqi President Saddam Hussein] is delaying. He's deceiving. He's asking for time. He's playing hide-and-seek with inspectors. One thing is for certain -- he's not disarming.
~George W. Bush, January 21, 2003
Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.
~George W. Bush, January 28, 2003
We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
~Colin Powell, February 5, 2003
We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
~George W. Bush, February 8, 2003
So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad?... I think our judgment has to be clearly not.
~Colin Powell, March 7, 2003
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.
~George W. Bush, March 17, 2003
Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.
~Ari Fleisher, March 21, 2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
~Gen. Tommy Franks, March 22, 2003
One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.
~Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark, March 22, 2003
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
~Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003
We are in the process of trying to liberate that country. And at the moment where the war ends and the coalition forces occupy the areas where those capabilities -- chemical and biological weapons -- are likely to be, to the extent they haven't been moved out of the country, it obviously is important to find them.
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 9, 2003
We have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about.
~Ari Fleischer, April 10, 2003
After the fall on April 10, 2003
When there happens to be a weapon of mass destruction suspect site in an area that we occupy and if people have time, they'll look at it.
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2003
I don't think we'll discover anything, myself. I think what will happen is we'll discover people who will tell us where to go find it. It is not like a treasure hunt where you just runaround looking everywhere hoping you find something. I just don't think that's going to happen. The inspectors didn't find anything, and I doubt that we will. What we will do is find the people who will tell us.
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 17, 2003
We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.
~George W. Bush, April 24, 2003
There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country.
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 25, 2003
He tried to fool the United Nations and did for 12 years by hiding these weapons. And so, it's going to take time to find them. But we know he had them, and whether he destroyed them, moved them or hid them, we're going to find out the truth.
~George W. Bush April 25, 2003
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.
~George W. Bush, May 3, 2003
I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now.
~Colin Powell, May 4, 2003
We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country.
~Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2003
I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program.
~George W. Bush, May 6, 2003
U.S. officials never expected that 'we were going to open garages and find' weapons of mass destruction.
~Condoleeza Rice, May 12, 2003
I just don't know whether it was all destroyed years ago -- I mean, there's no question that there were chemical weapons years ago -- whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they're still hidden.
~Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander 101st Airborne, May 13, 2003
Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction.
~Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, May 26, 2003
They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer.
~Donald Rumsfeld, May 27, 2003
For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.
~Paul Wolfowitz, May 28, 2003
It was a surprise to me then -- it remains a surprise to me now -- that we have not uncovered weapons, as you say, in some of the forward dispersal sites. Believe me, it's not for lack of trying. We've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they're simply not there.
~Lt. Gen. James Conway, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, May 30, 2003
The coalition did not act in Iraq because we had discovered dramatic new evidence of Iraq's pursuit. We acted because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light -- through the prism of our experience on 9/11.
~Donald Rumsfeld, June, 2003
The CIA gave us bad intelligence.
~George W. Bush, July 11, 2003
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unkowns. That is to say, there are things we know we don't know. But, there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don't know we don't know.
~Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
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