"Our mission (in Iraq) is very clear: disarmament."
"The mission in Iraq is a free and peaceful and stable country."
"Our missin in Iraq is clear. We are hunting down the terrorists."
-- George W. Bush, March 6, 2003; November 12, 2003; June 28, 2005
1) "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."
2) "Saddam Hussein has got weapons of mass destruction."
3) "Saddam Hussein possesses some of the world's deadliest weapons."
4) "Saddam Hussein is a threat to America."
5) "The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American."
6) "We won't be proven wrong. We will find the truth, and the truth is, he is developing a program of weapons of mass destruction."
-- George W. Bush trying to justify the invasion of Iraq
• More woppers on WMD from before & after the invasion
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. The danger is clear: Using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons obtained with the help of Iraq, the terrorists could fulfill their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country or any other."
-- George W. Bush, March 17, 2003
WMD found to date: ZERO
"Foreign troops must leave Iraq at the earliest possible time. The Iraqi people will resist by all available means, including armed struggle, if these foreign forces turn into occupiers."
-- Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, March 2003
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States has prevailed."
-- Bush, May 1, 2003 (1384 US military deaths ago)
"Bring 'em on."
-- George W. Bush, on Iraqi militant attacks on U.S. forces, July 3, 2003
"I'm confident that we will reach the goal of understanding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, including where weapons are, where weapons may have been moved and the exact status of that program at the time the war commenced."
-- David Kay, Chief UN weapons inspector, June 2003
WMD found to date: ZERO
1) "They have amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons including VX and sarin and mustard gas."
2) "He's amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin and mustard gas."
3) "He has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
4) "His regime has amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX and sarin and mustard gas."
5) "He has, at this moment, stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
-- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, all in September 2002
"We never said there were stockpiles."
-- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, CBS Radio interview Mar. 16, 2004 (but here's the truth)
"Let me begin by saying, we were almost all wrong. It is highly unlikely that there were large stockpiles of deployed militarized chemical and biological weapons there."
-- David Kay, February 2004
"Never before in warfare have so many people been freed with so few casualties in such a short time, with so little damage done to the country or to its people."
-- Paul Bremer, US administrator of Iraq, July 2003 (20,000 to 60,000 civilian deaths ago - depnding on who's counting)
"I say that they are here to stay and will occupy us for many years and, as such, compromise will not work."
-- Muqtada al-Sadr, Shiite cleric, April 2004
"I can't remember a time that, honestly, was more dangerous than what we're in today because of the nature of this threat. Past wars have been like having pneumonia. It may leave a bunch of scars on your lungs, but you get cured of it. This one is a little bit like having cancer. You may get in remission, but it's never going to go away in our lifetime."
-- Peter Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, June 2004
"If I'd known then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."
-- William F. Buckley, founder of the right-wing publication National Review, June 2004
"Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there.... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there?... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion."
--Dick Cheney, as Defense Secretary in 1991, explaining the first Bush Administration's decision to end the Gulf War after Iraq had been expelled from Kuwait