Thursday, October 07, 2004

Saddam and the French Connection So Sen. Kerry, tell us again how we should look up to the French and seek their approval before making any military moves. And why are we in the UN again?

Memos from Iraqi intelligence officials, recovered by American and British inspectors, show the dictator was told as early as May 2002 that France - having been granted oil contracts - would veto any American plans for war.

But the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), which returned its full report last night, said Saddam was telling the truth when he denied on the eve of war that he had any weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He had not built any since 1992.

The ISG, who confirmed last autumn that they had found no WMD, last night presented detailed findings from interviews with Iraqi officials and documents laying out his plans to bribe foreign businessmen and politicians.

Although they found no evidence that Saddam had made any WMD since 1992, they found documents which showed the "guiding theme" of his regime was to be able to start making them again with as short a lead time as possible."

So it's not all one way of the other. The U.S. (and everyone else) was wrong about WMD, but right that Saddam was still a threat, as David Kay and Duelfer have said, and would have had WMD as soon as the French, Russians and Chinese got the sanctions lifted.


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