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
George W. Bush, September 12, 2002
If he declares he has
none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading
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
Ari Fleischer, December 6, 2002
We know for a fact that
there are weapons there.
Ari Fleischer, January 9, 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
Colin Powell, March 7, 2003
by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime
continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons
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 Fleischer, 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
Gen. Tommy Franks, March 22, 2003
I have no doubt we're
going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction.
Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman, March 23, 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
Obviously the administration
intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S.
forces find -- and there will be plenty.
Neocon scholar Robert Kagan, April 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
Ari Fleischer, April 10, 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
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
Before the war, there's
no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,
biological and chemical. I expected them to be found. I still
expect them to be found.
Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, May 21, 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
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
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