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Ample cause to oust Saddam
What David Kay found


By COLIN POWELL







THE INTERIM findings of David Kay and the Iraq Survey Group make two things abundantly clear: Saddam Hussein's Iraq was in material breach of its United Nations obligations before the Security Council passed Resolution 1441 last November, and Iraq went further into breach after the resolution was passed.

Kay's interim findings offer detailed evidence of Saddam's efforts to defy the international community to the last. The report describes a host of activities related to weapons of mass destruction that "should have been declared to the U.N." It reaffirms that Iraq's forbidden programs spanned more than two decades, involving thousands of people and billions of dollars.

What the world knew last November about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs was enough to justify the threat of serious consequences under Resolution 1441. What we now know as a result of David Kay's efforts confirms that Saddam had every intention of continuing his work on banned weapons despite the U.N. inspectors, and that we and our coalition partners were right to eliminate the danger that his regime posed to the world.

Although Kay and his team have not yet discovered stocks of the weapons themselves, they will press on in the months ahead with their important and painstaking work. All indications are that they will uncover still more evidence of Saddam's dangerous designs.

Before the war, our intelligence had detected a calculated campaign to prevent any meaningful inspections. We knew that Iraqi officials, members of the ruling Baath Party and scientists had hidden prohibited items in their homes.

Lo and behold, Kay and his team found strains of organisms concealed in a scientist's home, and they report that one of the strains could be used to produce biological agents. Kay and his team also discovered documents and equipment in scientists' homes that would have been useful for resuming uranium enrichment efforts.

Kay and his team have "discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002. The discovery ... has come about both through the admissions of Iraqi scientists and officials concerning information they deliberately withheld and through physical evidence of equipment and activities that the Iraq Survey Group has discovered that should have been declared to the U.N."

The Kay Report also addresses the issue of suspected mobile biological agent laboratories: "Investigation into the origin of and intended use for the two trailers found in northern Iraq in April has yielded a number of explanations, including hydrogen, missile propellant and BW (biological warfare) production, but technical limitations would prevent any of these processes from being ideally suited to these trailers. That said, nothing ... rules out their potential use in BW production." Here Kay's findings are inconclusive. He is continuing to work this issue.

Kay and his team have, however, found this: "A clandestine network of laboratories and safe houses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to U.N. monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW (chemical-biological weapons) research." They also discovered: "a prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for U.N. inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the U.N."

The Kay Report confirms that our intelligence was correct to suspect the al-Kindi Co. of being involved in prohibited activity. Missile designers at al-Kindi told Kay and his team that Iraq had resumed work on converting SA-2 surface-to-air missiles into ballistic missiles with a range of about 250 kilometers, and that this work continued even while UNMOVIC inspectors were in Iraq. The U.N.-mandated limit for Iraq was a range of 150 kilometers.

The Kay Report also confirmed our prewar intelligence that indicated Iraq was developing missiles with ranges up to 1,000 kilometers. Similarly, Kay substantiated our reports that Iraq had tested an unmanned aerial vehicle to 500 kilometers, also in violation of U.N. resolutions.

What's more, he and his team found that elaborate efforts to shield illicit programs from inspection persisted even after the collapse of Saddam's regime. Key evidence was deliberately eliminated or dispersed during the postwar period. In a wide range of offices, laboratories and companies suspected of developing weapons of mass destruction, computer hard drives were destroyed, files were burned and equipment was carefully cleansed of all traces of use - and done so in a pattern that was clearly deliberate and selective, rather than random.

One year ago, when President Bush brought his concerns about Iraq to the United Nations, he made it plain that his principal concern in a post-Sept. 11 world was not just that a rogue regime such as Saddam Hussein's had WMD programs, but that such horrific weapons could find their way out of Iraq into the arms of terrorists who would have even fewer compunctions about using them against innocent people across the globe.

In the interim report, Kay and his team record the chilling fact that they "found people, technical information and illicit procurement networks that if allowed to flow to other countries and regions could accelerate global proliferation."

Having put an end to that harrowing possibility alone justifies our coalition's action against Saddam's regime. But that is not the only achievement of our brave men and women in uniform and their coalition partners.

Three weeks ago, I paid my respects at a mass grave in the northern city of Halabja, where on a Friday morning in March 1988, Saddam's forces murdered 5,000 men, women and children with chemical weapons. Saddam Hussein can cause no more Halabjas. His "Republic of Fear" no longer holds sway over the people of Iraq. For the first time in three decades, the Iraqi people have reason to hope for the future.

President Bush was right: This was an evil regime, lethal to its own people, in deepening material breach of its Security Council obligations and a threat to international peace and security. Saddam would have stopped at nothing until something stopped him. It's a good thing that we did.



COLIN POWELL is secretary of state.

THE WASHINGTON POST

D. GRETHEN / LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE
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What do programs have to do with actual WMD's?

Where are the STOCKPILES by the mass number and quantities Bush professed to be KNOWN to be in the POSSESSION of Iraq in the State Of The Union address?

You cheerleaders go from reciting, "WOW! That's enough to take out xx,xxx number of people" to saying, "Well, there's proof that he thought about it!" (stupid azz lemmings)

I mean... besides the fact that you are splitting hairs and hanging on a string, what country in a region with several countries with WMD's and nuclear capabilities are not going to have a plan to get those same type of capabilities or at the very least bluff his enemies in to thinking they will or do...

I guess Americans and especially those that live in neighborhoods were violent crimes occur under no circumstances whether they have a criminal record or not should NEVER try to secure weapons to defend themselves against the criminal element that do and will use weapons to potentially victimize them.

Yeah... I could see you shedding a tear for a person with a long criminal rap sheet being killed/injured by a person who had an "illegal" handgun used and obtained to defend themselves.

Why are there some Iraqis calling the American Occupation worst than life under SO-DAMN Insane?
*sigh* 1988, 1994, what about 2003? All this talk about WMD's, but no aerial photos? No super secret photos from the satelites in space? Yet there was plenty of "evidence" before this thing happened that was proven to be falsified. No evidence since the brief before the U.N. presented except for these eloquent words by the esteemed Colin Powell.
All I have to say is what Cuba Gooding Jr. said in Jerry MacGuire "Show me the money!"
Give me a break, Trainee, I mean Sgt.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
Well, they didn't have any problems showing that "evidence" to the U.N. and if they had it trust me they would show it. It would be a great propaganda tool. That's how it works. It would be shown over and over in the press until everyone understood that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, exactly the same way they did with the earlier aerial photos presented before the U.N. Duh, this is like 'Intel for Dummies'. For example they keep reiterating in the news that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Over and over again at least once a week. Do you understand the basic concept here? Or do I need to break it down some more for a person who's only seen the inside of Boston?

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
Just admit that no matter what they find you'll never agree with the US invasion of Iraq. They could find a nuke pointed at white house with Saddam's fingerprint on it and you'd think that the CIA put it there...

Where there is smoke there is fire. Saddam has hidden his stockpile well and it may take years to find it. He may have moved it to another country. I'm willing to wait longer than 6 months for the completion of an investigation...
Check it out, ThaWatcher. I know for a fact that we are over there for the oil because the Secretary of the Air Force said so in 2001! And according to various intelligence professionals military, CIA and FBI they all claim that the weapons are in the desert by the border of Syria. This is according to intelligence from the 1990's. Ah then if they know where it's at, then show the proof. And it can be done, I also know this for a fact. It's not too much to ask in my opinion.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
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Kind of like finding hundreds of thousands of dead bodies in mass graves and saying 'show me proof that they were killed'.

Stupid!

Those bodies in those mass graves were never a contested issue and their location was KNOWN, Columbus, so they were not FOUND. The problem is BUSH said he KNEW where the WMD's were and had proof of where the "bodies" - i.e. the actual materials - were.

If you believe that POSSESSING WMD's is proof that they will be "used" then every country in the world that doesn't view the U.S. favorable has reason to launch a full-scale war on the U.S. because of its massive POSSESSION of WMD's and Nukes.

Use some intelligence.

Your little quip is not analogous.
"Show me the WMD's" is equivalent to "Show me the bodies" not give me evidence they were killed. By your own little thinking "killing" would equate to "using" WMD's which I guess would call the War even further into question since Iraq apparently didn't "use" any WMD's during the war.

Yes... by all means "Show Us The Bodies in those KNOWN graves!" Columbus, please show us the frightening pictures of these horrible weapons.
All this DEATH and KILLING is too much for me. 'tis all I've seen since I've been on the Planet. If men are so civilized; there really should be another way to solve problems. How can anyone solve them when they're DEAD? What was it all for??????? Someone explain this to me, please. Horrific deaths too. Everyone's someone's child. We all should be crying for the world. Why does Peace mean Death???????
Personally, I don't think we're much better then Saddamm if we are killing people. I guess if it is for a good cause, then we can kill people. Does it matter to a child who kills his mother? The point is that his mother is dead.

I can see if we were being attacked and needed to defend ourselves.....

It doesn't matter if we find weapons or not. The point is, we're not mind readers. we don't know what Saddamm was up to. All we can do is speculate. You can't expect a country to not have weapons to protect themselves-even if you don't agree with the type of weapons they have . Of course people will fight dirty if pushed against the wall.

The diplomatic efforts should have continued even if it would have lasted another 20 years.
it was never contested that Saddam was a bad man...however our troops and our money were funneled into Iraq on the pretense that they were an immediate threat.

There is no proof so far that Iraq was an immediate threat to our national security. Iraq was not even able to defend its own airspace.

the never-before used doctrine of "pre-emption" was swallowed hook line and sinker by the american populace who were gullable enough to believe that Iraq was about to "get us" and that Saddam was somehow connected to 911.

those things remain unproven...

they were perhaps a threat, but not an immediate one....
negrospiritual,

the whole WMD and war thing was a way to parlay oil dollars to rich cronies and keep americans flag-waving while 2.3 million jobs were lost. Now that the war has bogged down and the jobs are gone, americans are finding out that flags are really not edible and aren't that good to sleep under when one loses everything.....oh well, i saw it all coming that night in Fla. I just hate black unemployment is gone way up and we suffer without having anything to do with madman W in office....but as black unemployment goes up, some negroes sing his praise.....I really do not believe they are black......because the only blacks you hear talk like them are on TV with sponsors.....i find it hard to believe we would espouse thatBS for free......too hard to believe..........
Tha Watcher & Sarge ...

I just have one simple question for you ...

Do you believe that the war in Iraq has been worth the cost that America has paid for it??

(Considering what we have paid, what we are still paying everyday, and what we will continue to have to pay in the future ... lives, money, time, diplomatic relations, domestically and internationally ... all things considered) has it, in your opinion, been worth it in the long run?

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.

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