Norman Podhoretz has assembled 10 pre—war statements. Can you guess who said which?
1. I participated in a Washington meeting about Iraqi WMD...One of the senior people put a question to the group: did anyone in the room doubt that Iraq was currently operating a secret centrifuge plant? No one did.
2.If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons—of—mass—destruction program.
3. Iraq is a long way from here, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.
4. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons—of—mass—destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
5. Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations, and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
6. In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical— and biological—weapons stock, his missile—delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al—Qaeda members.
7. There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. . . . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.
8. Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter, and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
9. The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical— and biological—warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons.
10. We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.
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