Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Historical Quotes: Iraq Related

"How the United States should react if Iraq acquired WMD. The first line of defense...should be a clear and classical statement of deterrence--if they do acquire WMD, their weapons will be unusable because any attempt to use them will bring national obliteration."- Condoleeza Rice, US National Security AdvisorJanuary/February 2000 issue of Foreign Affairs2/1/2000

"[F]rankly [sanctions] have worked. [Saddam] has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction." - Colin Powell, Sec. of State, Statement to press, Cairo, Egypt, 2/24/01

"We are greatly concerned about any possible linkup between terrorists and regimes that have or seek weapons of mass destruction...In the case of Saddam Hussein, we've got a dictator who is clearly pursuing and already possesses some of these weapons. A regime that hates America and everything we stand for must never be permitted to threaten America with weapons of mass destruction."- Dick Cheney, Vice PresidentDetroit, Fund-Raiser6/20/2002

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."- Dick Cheney, Vice PresidentSpeech to VFW National Convention8/26/2002

"There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryResponse to Question From Press9/6/2002

"We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."- Condoleeza Rice, US National Security AdvisorCNN Late Edition9/8/2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."- George W. Bush, PresidentSpeech to UN General Assembly9/12/2002

"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, PresidentRadio Address10/5/2002

"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."- George W. Bush, PresidentCincinnati, Ohio Speech10/7/2002

"And surveillance photos reveal that the regime is rebuilding facilities that it had used to produce chemical and biological weapons."- George W. Bush, PresidentCincinnati, Ohio Speech10/7/2002

"After eleven years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon."- George W. Bush, PresidentCincinnati, Ohio Speech10/7/2002

"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."- George W. Bush, PresidentCincinnati, Ohio Speech10/7/2002

"Iraq, despite UN sanctions, maintains an aggressive program to rebuild the infrastructure for its nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile programs. In each instance, Iraq's procurement agents are actively working to obtain both weapons-specific and dual-use materials and technologies critical to their rebuilding and expansion efforts, using front companies and whatever illicit means are at hand."- John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms ControlSpeech to the Hudson Institute11/1/2002

"We estimate that once Iraq acquires fissile material -- whether from a foreign source or by securing the materials to build an indigenous fissile material capability -- it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year. It has rebuilt its civilian chemical infrastructure and renewed production of chemical warfare agents, probably including mustard, sarin, and VX. It actively maintains all key aspects of its offensive BW program."- John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms ControlSpeech to the Hudson Institute11/1/2002

"Iraq could decide on any given day to provide biological or chemical weapons to a terrorist group or to individual terrorists...The war on terror will not be won until Iraq is completely and verifiably deprived of weapons of mass destruction."- Dick Cheney, Vice PresidentDenver, Address To Air National Guard12/1/2002

"If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing12/2/2002

"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, Press SecretaryResponse to Question From Press12/4/2002

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing1/9/2003

"I am absolutely convinced, based on the information that's been given to me, that the weapon of mass destruction which can kill more people than an atomic bomb -- that is, biological weapons -- is in the hands of the leadership of Iraq."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderMSNBC Interview1/10/2003

"What is unique about Iraq compared to, I would argue, any other country in the world, in this juncture, is the exhaustion of diplomacy thus far, and, No. 2, this intersection of weapons of mass destruction."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderNewsHour Interview1/22/2003


"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production."- George W. Bush, PresidentState of the Union Address1/28/2003

"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, PresidentState of the Union Address1/28/2003

"In Iraq, a dictator is building and hiding weapons that could enable him to dominate the Middle East and intimidate the civilized world -- and we will not allow it."- George W. Bush, PresidentSpeech to the American Enterprise Institute2/26/2003

"I am not eager to send young Americans into harm's way in Iraq, or to see innocent people killed or hurt in military operations. Given all of the facts and circumstances known to us, however, I am convinced that if we wait, a threat will continue to materialize in Iraq that could cause incalculable damage to world peace in general, and to the United States in particular."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderLetter to Future of Freedom Foundation3/1/2003

"Iraq is a grave threat to this nation. It desires to acquire and use weapons of mass terror and is run by a despot with a proven record of willingness to use them. Iraq has had 12 years to comply with UN requirements for disarmament and has failed to do so. The president is right to say it's time has run out."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderSenate Speech3/7/2003

"Getting rid of Saddam Hussein's regime is our best inoculation. Destroying once and for all his weapons of disease and death is a vaccination for the world."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderWashington Post op-ed3/16/2003

"Let's talk about the nuclear proposition for a minute. We know that based on intelligence, that has been very, very good at hiding these kinds of efforts. He's had years to get good at it and we know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."- Dick Cheney, Vice PresidentMeet The Press3/16/2003

"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, PresidentAddress to the Nation3/17/2003

"The United States...is now at war so we will not ever see what terrorists could do if supplied with weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderSenate Debate3/20/2003

"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 Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing3/21/2003

"One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites."- Victoria Clark, Pentagon SpokeswomanPress Briefing3/22/2003

"I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction."- Kenneth Adelman, Defense Policy Board memberWashington Post, p. A273/23/2003

"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseABC Interview3/30/2003

"We simply cannot live in fear of a ruthless dictator, aggressor and terrorist such as Saddam Hussein, who possesses the world's most deadly weapons."- Bill Frist, Senate Majority LeaderSpeech to American Israel Political Action Committee3/31/2003

"We still need to find and secure Iraq's weapons of mass destruction facilities and secure Iraq's borders so we can prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction materials and senior regime officials out of the country."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefensePress Conference4/9/2003

"You bet we're concerned about it. And one of the reasons it's important is because the nexus between terrorist states with weapons of mass destruction...and terrorist groups -- networks -- is a critical link. And the thought that...some of those materials could leave the country and in the hands of terrorist networks would be a very unhappy prospect. So it is important to us to see that that doesn't happen."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefensePress Conference4/9/2003

"Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find -- and there will be plenty."- Robert Kagan, Neocon scholarWashington Post op-ed4/9/2003

"I think you have always heard, and you continue to hear from officials, a measure of high confidence that, indeed, the weapons of mass destruction will be found."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing4/10/2003

"But make no mistake -- as I said earlier -- we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing4/10/2003

"Were not going to find anything until we find people who tell us where the things are. And we have that very high on our priority list, to find the people who know. And when we do, then well learn precisely where things were and what was done."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseMeet the Press4/13/2003

""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, PresidentNBC Interview4/24/2003

"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, Secretary of DefensePress Briefing4/25/2003

"We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so."- George W. Bush, PresidentRemarks to Reporters5/3/2003

"We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseFox News Interview5/4/2003

"I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program."- George W. Bush, PresidentRemarks to Reporters5/6/2003

"U.S. officials never expected that 'we were going to open garages and find' weapons of mass destruction."- Condoleeza Rice, US National Security AdvisorReuters Interview5/12/2003

"We said all along that we will never get to the bottom of the Iraqi WMD program simply by going and searching specific sites, that you'd have to be able to get people who know about the programs to talk to you."- Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of DefenseInterview with Australian Broadcasting5/13/2003

"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. One thing is for certain: Saddam Hussein no longer threatens America with weapons of mass destruction."- George W. Bush, PresidentSpeech at a weapons factory in Ohio5/25/2003

"They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseRemarks to Council on Foreign Relations5/27/2003

"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, Deputy Secretary of DefenseVanity Fair interview5/28/2003

"The President is indeed satisfied with the intelligence that he received. And I think that's borne out by the fact that, just as Secretary Powell described at the United Nations, we have found the bio trucks that can be used only for the purpose of producing biological weapons. That's proof-perfect that the intelligence in that regard was right on target."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing5/29/2003

"We have teams of people that are out looking. They've investigated a number of sites. And within the last week or two, they have in fact captured and have in custody two of the mobile trailers that Secretary Powell talked about at the United Nations as being biological weapons laboratories."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefenseInfinity Radio Interview5/30/2003

"But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them."- George W. Bush, PresidentInterview with TVP Poland5/30/2003

"You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons...They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two...And we'll find more weapons as time goes on."- George W. Bush, PresidentPress Briefing5/30/2003

"We recently found two mobile biological weapons facilities which were capable of producing biological agents. This is the man who spent decades hiding tools of mass murder. He knew the inspectors were looking for them. You know better than me he's got a big country in which to hide them. We're on the look. We'll reveal the truth."- George W. Bush, President Camp Sayliya, Qatar6/5/2003

"No one ever said that we knew precisely where all of these agents were, where they were stored."- Condoleeza Rice, US National Security AdvisorMeet the Press6/8/2003

"What the president has said is because it's been the long-standing view of numerous people, not only in this country, not only in this administration, but around the world, including at the United Nations, who came to those conclusions...And the president is not going to engage in the rewriting of history that others may be trying to engage in."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryResponse to Question From Press6/9/2003

"Iraq had a weapons program...Intelligence throughout the decade showed they had a weapons program. I am absolutely convinced with time we'll find out they did have a weapons program."- George W. Bush, PresidentComment to Reporters6/9/2003

"Those documents were only one piece of evidence in a larger body of evidence suggesting that Iraq attempted to purchase uranium from Africa...The issue of Iraq's pursuit of uranium in Africa is supported by multiple sources of intelligence. The other sources of evidence did and do support the president's statement."- Sean McCormack, National Security Council SpokesmanStatement to press6/13/2003

"My personal view is that their intelligence has been, I'm sure, imperfect, but good. In other words, I think the intelligence was correct in general, and that you always will find out precisely what it was once you get on the ground and have a chance to talk to people and explore it, and I think that will happen."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefensePress Briefing6/18/2003

"I have reason, every reason, to believe that the intelligence that we were operating off was correct and that we will, in fact, find weapons or evidence of weapons, programs, that are conclusive. But that's just a matter of time...It's now less than eight weeks since the end of major combat in Iraq and I believe that patience will prove to be a virtue."- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of DefensePentagon media briefing6/24/2003

"I think the burden is on those people who think he didn't have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are."- Ari Fleischer, Press SecretaryPress Briefing7/9/2003

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