- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2005

From Sept. 3, 1998, congressional testimony of Scott Ritter, former UNSCOM weapons inspector, before the Senate:

Sen. John Kerry: There may be a nuance here or there of interpretation that people can differ with, but you cannot differ with the conclusion that the work of UNSCOM is compromised. And it has been compromised for a considerable period of time, in my judgment… You know, Saddam Hussein has got to be delighted with what he’s hearing here today and what he’s seen in the last days, because he’s winning. His strategy is working. Make no mistake about it, his strategy is not to lift sanctions. His strategy is to build weapons of mass destruction. And his strategy has been able to nip away at UNSCOM over the course of months so that he’s created sanctions fatigue among our allies… And the fact is that our administration recognized some time ago that it had great difficulty building the coalition to support what was necessary to let Major Ritter and his team do what they do…

If Scott Ritter and his team can’t get in, then the fundamental accepted policy of our country and of the [U.N.] Security Council, to be able to enforce the notion that Saddam Hussein will not have weapons of mass destruction, is ineffective.

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