Tuesday, September 23

Powell - Before They Roughed Him Up

Once upon a time, our Secretary of State was very confident about Iraq's ability to produce and deliver weapons of mass destruction.
...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.

Sec. of State Colin Powell at a Cairo press conference - 2/4/01
Verbatim from the State Department website