A History Of Lies: WMD, Who Said What
and When ?
Intelligence leaves no doubt that Iraq continues to
possess and conceal lethal weapons
US President 18 March, 2003
Saddam's removal is necessary to eradicate the
threat from his weapons of mass destruction
Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary 2 April, 2003
Before people crow about the absence of weapons of
mass destruction, I suggest they wait a bit
Tony Blair 28 April, 2003
We are asked to accept Saddam decided to
destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd
Tony Blair, Prime Minister 18
It is possible Iraqi leaders decided they
would destroy them prior to the conflict
Donald Rumsfeld, US Defense
Secretary 28 May, 2003
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam
Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
to VFW National Convention
August 26, 2002
Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used
for the production of biological weapons.
to UN General Assembly
September 12, 2002
If he declares he has none, then we will know that
Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world.
December 2, 2002
We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
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
of the Union Address
January 28, 2003
We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep
his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
Remarks to UN
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.
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 clearly not.
Remarks to UN
March 7, 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.
to the Nation
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.
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 them.
Gen. Tommy Franks
March 22, 2003
I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass
Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman
Post, p. A27
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.
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 be found.
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.
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
April 25, 2003
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.
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.
May 4, 2003
We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass
destruction in that country.
May 4, 2003
I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of
Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program.
May 6, 2003
U.S. officials never expected that "we were going to open
garages and find" weapons of mass destruction.
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
Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander
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
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
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.
to Council on Foreign Relations
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 agree on.
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
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