- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 12, 2006

Excerpts from press briefings with State and Defense Departments on Iraq’s WMD programs:

State Department, Dec. 2, 1999: We believe — and are concerned — that Iraq has taken steps to reconstitute facilities that were destroyed in the Desert Fox military operation… We do not believe that they have crossed the red line that the President set out at the time of that military enterprise, and that is that they have reconstituted their weapons of mass destruction programs. We’re concerned that they are repairing and rebuilding some facilities that could perhaps be used for that.

State Department, Dec. 6, 1999: Given that Iraq has suffered significant isolation internationally in the last almost ten years and the political and economic costs to Iraq of its isolation, I think one can only conclude that these programs of weapons of mass destruction are very important to Saddam Hussein… I think the question is will Saddam ever be willing to part with his [WMD] programs.


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