|The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
July 16, 2006
May 30, 2003
KEYPOINTS: THE LATEST ON WMD
"You have to believe that Saddam Hussein was willing to live under sanctions for 12 years, for no good reason, if you really believe that he was not hiding a weapons of mass destruction program. I just don't think that argument is credible." --National Security Advisor Rice, 5/28/03
o Obtaining the cooperation of key Iraqi personnel
o Accessing and assessing possible sites
o Obtaining and examining key documents and computers.
o Iraq's "just-in-time inventory" allowed them to put together weapons at the last moment.
o Many facilities were inspections-proof. The Iraqis embedded as much as they could in the "dual-use infrastructure," allowing them - for example - to make as much as 50 percent more chlorine than needed.
o The making of chlorine looks perfectly innocent, but it is a precursor for some chemical weapons.