George Bush in October 2002:
The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses
and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear
Bush in March 2003:
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt
that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the
most lethal weapons ever devised. This regime has already used
weapons of mass destruction against Iraq's neighbors and against
Tony Blair on
- April 3, 2002: "We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has stockpiles of major
amounts of chemical and biological weapons… "
- April 10, 2002: "However, there is no doubt at all that the
development of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein poses a
severe threat not just to the region, but to the wider world."
- On September 24, 2002 in the foreword to the Dodgy Dossier: "the
assessed intelligence has established beyond doubt is that Saddam
has continued to produce chemical and biological weapons, that he
continues in his efforts to develop nuclear weapons"
- Also on September 24, 200: "It [the dossier] concludes… that he has
existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and
biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes"
- January 21, 2003: "In respect of Iraq we have the clearest possible
evidence, both because of what they have done before and what is
left over from the previous inspections when the inspectors were
kicked out in 1998"
- February 25, 2003: "It was only four years later after the defection
of Saddam's son-in-law [Hussein Kamal] to Jordan, that the offensive
biological weapons and the full extent of the nuclear programme were
- Also on February 25, 2003: "On 8 December he [Saddam Hussein]
submitted the declaration denying he had any WMD, a statement not a
single member of the international community seriously believes."
George Bush and Blair on September 7, 2002:
Q: Mr. President, can you tell us what conclusive evidence of any
nuclear – new evidence you have of nuclear weapons capabilities of
Saddam Hussein? THE PRESIDENT: We just heard the prime minister
talk about the new report. I would remind you that when the
inspectors first went into Iraq and were denied – finally denied
access, a report came out of the IAEA that they were six months away
from developing a weapon. I don't know what more evidence we
need. PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Absolutely right. And what we – what we
know from what has been going on there for a long period of time is
not just the chemical, biological weapons capability, but we know
that they were trying to develop nuclear weapons capability.
British Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell on
September 24, 2002
in a parliamentary session:
We can all agree—it has already been a measure of the debate—that
Saddam Hussein is an evil tyrant with no regard for the sanctity of
human life, for either his own citizens or the people of other
countries. We all agree that he is in flagrant breach of a series of
UN resolutions, and in particular those relating to his duty to
allow the inspection, and indeed participate in the destruction, of
his weapons of mass destruction. We can also agree that he most
certainly has chemical and biological weapons and is working
towards a nuclear capability.
Labour MP Donald Anderson stated in the same session:
Saddam Hussein himself has given a firm assurance that "Iraq is
clear of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons". I hope
that no one in the House believes that, and that we shall proceed
in a spirit of total scepticism in regard to anything said in that
Dick Cheney in August 2002:
Simply stated, there’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons
of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use
against our friends, against our allies, and against us.
Cheney on March 16, 2003:
We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons
Colin Powell in a speech to the UN on February 5, 2003:
we know from sources that a missile brigade outside Baghdad was
disbursing rocket launchers and warheads containing biological
warfare agents to various locations, distributing them to various
locations in western Iraq. Most of the launchers and warheads have
been hidden in large groves of palm trees and were to be moved every
one to four weeks to escape detection
It is falsification of history to say that everyone or
almost everyone believed Saddam had WMDs. They most certainly did not! Between
six and ten million people in 60 countries
marched in protest against the war on February 15, 2003. Those who
marched (including me) believed that Bush was planning a war for oil
and the WMDs were his BS excuse. Bush, when asked about the protests,
"I respectfully disagree".