But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them.Also this one from Rumsfeld: "There's no debate in the world as to whether they have those weapons. ... We all know that. A trained ape knows that."
George W. Bush, Interview with TVP Poland, 5/30/2003
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
Dick Cheney, Speech to VFW National Convention, 8/26/2002
There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest.
Ari Fleischer, Response to Question From Press, 9/6/2002
Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. 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 W. Bush, Radio Address, 10/5/2002
The president of the United States and the secretary of defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it.
Ari Fleischer, Response to Question From Press, 12/4/2002
There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction. If biological weapons seem too terrible to contemplate, chemical weapons are equally chilling.
Colin Powell, Addresses the U.N. Security Council, 2/5/2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And ... as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
General Tommy Franks, Press Conference, 3/22/2003
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
Donald Rumsfeld, ABC Interview, 3/30/2003
I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now.
Colin Powell, Remarks to Reporters, 5/4/2003
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, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Vanity Fair interview, 5/28/2003
Also see this -- a searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice, prepared at the direction of Rep. Henry A. Waxman.
Meanwhile, Americans are being killed and maimed (and killing and maiming) day after day after day after day ...
... but hey, the mandate must roll on. Political capital must be spent. Will of the people and all that. Enjoy the inauguration.