Clarice Feldman raises
important questions and an intriquing perspective on the Wilson—Plame story.
But as regards Iraq's WMD, if anything she understates the unanimity on the issue. The consensus among Western (and other) intelligence agencies was that Saddam retained significant quantities of proscribed WMD. Gen. Tommy Franks' American Soldier is telling on this. Colin Powell was part of some of the war—planning discussions and he, too, believed Saddam had such material. It simply wasn't an issue.
Others also believed Saddam had such weapons. Jordan's King Abdullah cautioned Franks, "[F[rom reliable intelligence sources, I believe the Iraqis are hiding chemical and biological weapons." Egypt's Hosni Mubarak warned him, "You must be very, very careful. We have spoken with Saddam Hussein. He is a madman. He has WMD——biologicals, actually——and he will use them on your troops." .
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