Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When

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Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
– Dick Cheney
August 26, 2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."
– George W. Bush
September 12, 2002

"If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world."
– Ari Fleischer
December 2, 2002

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."
– Ari Fleischer
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 agent."
– George W. Bush
January 28, 2003

"We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more."
– Colin Powell
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."
– George Bush
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."
– Colin Powell
March 8, 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."
– George Bush
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."
– Ari Fleisher
March 21, 2003

"There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. 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 destruction."
– Kenneth Adelman
Defense Policy Board
March 23, 2003

"One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites."
– Victoria Clark
Pentagon Spokeswoman
March 22, 2003

"We know where they are. They are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad."
– Donald Rumsfeld
March 30, 2003

"Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find — and there will be plenty."
– Robert Kagan
Neocon scholar
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."
– Ari Fleischer
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."
– George Bush
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 country."
– Donald Rumsfeld
April 25, 2003

"We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so."
– George Bush
May 3, 2003

"I am confident that we will find evidence that makes it clear he had weapons of mass destruction."
– Colin Powell
May 4, 2003

"I never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country."
– Donald Rumsfeld
May 4, 2003

"I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein — because he had a weapons program."
– George W. Bush
May 6, 2003

"U.S. officials never expected that "we were going to open garages and find" weapons of mass destruction."
– Condoleeza Rice
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 still hidden."
– Maj. Gen. David Petraeus
Commander 101st Airborne
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 Marine Corps
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 mass destruction."
-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."
– Donald Rumsfeld
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."
– Paul Wolfowitz
May 28, 2003

 


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