TITLE

The real truth about Iraq

AUTHOR(S)
Zuckerman, Mortimer B.
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
U.S. News & World Report;11/1/2004, Vol. 137 Issue 15, p80
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article is an editorial about Iraq and how Saddam Hussein was probably planning to reinstate Iraq's banned weapons program. Two central issues in the campaign intersect: How imminent was the threat from Saddam Hussein, and how long should Washington have waited for France, Germany, and Russia to see him as plain a menace as we did? The critics of George W. Bush and Tony Blair have drawn much of their ammunition from the report of the Iraq Survey Group led by Charles Duelfer. The Duelfer report confirmed that Saddam had no stocks of weapons of mass destruction, no active programs of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. Yes, America was wrong about Saddam's weapons stockpiles and programs. But the Duelfer report makes it clear that the sanctions were increasingly ineffective and that Saddam would simply bide his time, waiting until the sanctions were either ended or eroded while turning the U.N. Oil-for-Food program into an $11 billion slush fund to buy influence among several key U.N. members, including France, China, and Russia.
ACCESSION #
14812627

 

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