- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 21, 2006

From “Saddam is the root of all Iraq’s problems” by Samuel Berger, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Financial Times, May 4, 2000:

So why are the Iraqi people suffering? Primarily, it is because the Iraqi government imports food and medicine only grudgingly, and never as much as it can… [It] has never met the minimum calorie and protein targets set by the U.N. secretary-general. It has ordered only a fraction of the nutritional supplies needed for pregnant and nursing mothers… • ne-quarter of all the medicine that has arrived in Iraq since the start of the oil-for-food programme sits undistributed in Iraqi warehouses… [T]he Iraqi leader has used his smuggling gains to build 48 palaces, complete with gold plated taps and man-made lakes and waterfalls. Last year… he presented himself with… a lakeside resort with stadiums, an amusement park… at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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