Powell: no ties between Saddam and al-Qaida

Discussion in 'Politics' started by total180, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3909150/

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Thursday that he saw no “smoking gun, concrete evidence” of ties between former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terror network, but he insisted that Iraq had dangerous weapons and needed to be disarmed by force.

    Report says policy misguided
    Three experts at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said in a report Thursday that the Bush administration systematically misrepresented the weapons threat from Iraq and that U.S. strategy should be revised to eliminate the policy of unilateral preventive war.
  2. And?
  3. If Iraq had disarmed itself, gotten rid of its weapons of mass destruction over the past 12 years, or over the last several months since (UN Resolution) 1441 was enacted, we would not be facing the crisis that we now have before us . . . But the suggestion that we are doing this because we want to go to every country in the Middle East and rearrange all of its pieces is not correct.

    --Colin Powell
    Secretary of State
    Interview with Radio France International

    Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

    --Dick Cheney
    Vice President
    Speech to VFW National Convention

    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
    Cincinnati, Ohio Speech

    We know for a fact that there are weapons there.

    --Ari Fleischer
    Press Secretary
    Press Briefing
  4. Bu why did Saddam Hussein hide the facts for the UN inspectors? Why did'nt he tell them how and when he destroyed his weapons?
  5. msfe


    he did ... and Hans Blix reported the facts correctly to the UN