|George W Bush:
Oct 9, 2003: "Since the liberation of Iraq, our investigators
havefound evidence of a clandestine network of biological
laboratories.They found advanced design work on prohibited
longer-range missiles.They found an elaborate campaign to hide
these illegal programs.There's still much to investigate, yet it is
now undeniable that SaddamHussein was in clear violation of United
Nations Security CouncilResolution 1441. It is undeniable that
Saddam Hussein was a deceiverand a danger. The Security Council was
right to demand that SaddamHussein disarm, and we were right to
enforce that demand."
|David Kay - former head of US search group looking for those
"clandestine network of biological laboratories", Jan 28 2004:
"When the inspection group wraps up its work, there are still
going tobe people to say, "You didn't look everywhere. Isn't it
possible it washidden someplace?" And the answer has got to be,
honestly, "Yes, it'spossible." But you try to eliminate that by
this other process. Andwhen I reached the conclusion -- which I
admit is partial and is purelymine -- that I think there were no
large stockpiles of WMD, it's basedon that process."
March 4 2003: "We're dealing with Iraq because the dictator of
Iraq hasgot weapons of mass destruction; he's used weapons of mass
destructionon his own people. He can't stand America, he can't
stand our friends,he can't stand our allies. He's got connections
to terrorist networks.The first war of the 21st century requires
the US to workwith international bodies to deal with these threats,
and we willcontinue to do so."
March 16, 2003: "The dictator of Iraqand his weapons of mass
destruction are a threat to the security offree nations.... He
possesses the weapons of mass murder... the Iraqiregime will disarm
itself, or the Iraqi regime will be disarmed byforce. And the
regime has not disarmed itself."
March 17,2003: "Intelligence gathered by this and other
governments leaves nodoubt that the Iraq regime continues to
possess and conceal some of themost lethal weapons ever
|Former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix, February
"The intention was to dramatize it just as the vendors of
somemerchandise are trying to increase and exaggerate the
importance ofwhat they have... From politicians, from our leaders
in the Westernworld, I think we expect more than that. A bit more
sincerity.. And wenow know that there were no weapons of mass
destruction when theinvasion started."
January 29, 2002, State of the Union
"We have found diagrams of American nuclear power plants and
publicwater facilities, detailed instructions for making chemical
weapons,surveillance maps of American cities, and thorough
descriptions oflandmarks in America and throughout the world."
|Senior administration official, Wall Street Journal, February
"The White House [said] that no plant diagrams were actually
found inAfghanistan. "There's no additional basis for the language
in thespeech that we have found."
Sept 24, 2003: "What I believe the assessed intelligence
hasestablished beyond doubt is that Saddam has continued to
producechemical and biological weapons, that he continues in his
efforts todevelop nuclear weapons, and that he has been able to
extend the rangeof his ballistic missile programme… I am in no
doubt that the threat isserious and current, that he has made
progress on WMD, and that he hasto be stopped… And the document
discloses that his military planningallows for some of the WMD to
be ready within 45 minutes of an order touse them."
|UN head Kofi Annan, Feb 6, 2003:
"The bar has been raised... People are going to be very
suspicious whenone talks to them about intelligence. And they are
going to be verysuspicious when we try to use intelligence to
justify certain actions."