Sunday, May 02, 2004

I have recently found a link to a press junket in Egypt where Colin Powell was asked about the continuing sanctions against Iraq. This remark was made on 2/24/01.

"We will always try to consult with our friends in the region so that they are not surprised and do everything we can to explain the purpose of our responses. We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions -- the fact that the sanctions exist -- not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq, and these are policies that we are going to keep in place, but we are always willing to review them to make sure that they are being carried out in a way that does not affect the Iraqi people but does affect the Iraqi regime's ambitions and the ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and we had a good conversation on this issue."

Now, it is blatantly evident that the Bush Administration was convinced that there were no Weapons Of Mass Destruction in Saddam's hands before Sept. 11th. And any attempt to start up a WMD project would have been well-nigh impossible under the scrutiny of the U.S.A. after the terror attacks. Not completely impossible, but the next best thing. So, with our intelligence not changing much in the ensuing seven months until the attacks, how did we suddenly decide that Saddam was an "imminent threat"? Well, you can use your imagination.


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