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Documents Show Saddam's WMD Frustrations

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by poncho, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 34 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Exasperated, besieged by global pressure,
    Saddam Hussein and top aides searched for ways in the 1990s to prove to the world they'd given up banned weapons.

    "We don't have anything hidden!" the frustrated Iraqi president interjected at one meeting, transcripts show.

    At another, in 1996, Saddam wondered whether U.N. inspectors would "roam
    Iraq for 50 years" in a pointless hunt for weapons of mass destruction. "When is this going to end?" he asked.

    It ended in 2004, when U.S. experts, after an exhaustive investigation, confirmed what the men in those meetings were saying: that Iraq had eliminated its weapons of mass destruction long ago, a finding that discredited the Bush administration's stated rationale for invading Iraq in 2003 — to locate WMD