- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

From Voice of America “On the Line,” Feb. 3, 2000:

Roscoe Suddarth, president, Middle East Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Jordan: I don’t think [Saddam Hussein’s] objectives have changed. I think he still wants to be the primary Arab power. And they have the resources to do it — the second largest oil reserves… He lacks the means, the military means, but he is dearly trying to reconstitute them… He’s trying to reconstitute, obviously, his weapons of mass destruction.

Patrick Clawson, director of research, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Yes, absolutely. There are no indications whatsoever that Saddam has backed off in the least. After all, this is a man who has forgone well over a hundred billion dollars in oil income in order to keep up with these clandestine programs of weapons of mass destruction.


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