Today the Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the position that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. "This game is still
unfolding," he told reporters. Iraq used chemical weapons in the Iraq-Iran war and on the Kurdish people in the 1980s. It had the chance to come
clean about its programs to the international community through the '90s."
"It's a fact," he said and he believes there is a "solid case" from U.N. inspectors and other officials that the Hussein regime "was a danger we
had to worry about." Powell also stated "What he was waiting to do is see if he could break the will of the international community, get rid of any
potential for future inspections and get back to his intentions, which were to have weapons of mass destruction."
So now is that HAVE weapons of mass destruction or HAS weapons of mass destruction? Seems the Clinton defense of the use of the word "has" will be
brought back into play.
Also stated by Powell, "Where the debate is, is why haven't we found huge stockpiles and why haven't we found large caches of these weapons? Let's
let the Iraqi Survey Group complete its work." and "I have not seen smoking gun concrete evidence about the connection, but I think the possibility
of some connections did exist and was prudent to consider them at the time that we did."
So, despite the tantalizing "possibility" being stated..."We found nothing," Cirincione said. "There are no large stockpiles of weapons. There
hasn't actually been a find of a single weapon, a single weapons agent, nothing like the programs that the administration believe existed."
Cirincione said one reason for the apparent lack of progress in the Iraqi weapons programs was because Iraqi scientists were "telling Saddam that
they were further along than they actually were."
Full Story: CNN.com
[Edited on 8-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 16-3-2004 by SkepticOverlord]