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A Look Inside the Hussein Government

Saddam: ". . . I need these germs to be fixed on the missiles, and . . . starting the 15th, everyone should be ready for the action to happen at any time, and I consider Riyadh as a target."

Husayn: "Sir, let me explain to you. What we produced now are the rocket heads and the containers, and we distributed them underground in three different locations. . . . We have three types of germ weapons, but we have to decide which one we should use, some types stay capable for many years."

_____Iraq Survey Group_____
Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD
Key Findings (PDF)
Excerpts from the Report
Comparison: Administration Claims and the Report
Dana Priest MSNBC Video: The Post's Dana Priest talks about details of Saddam Hussein's personality contained in the report.
AP Report: The top U.S. arms inspector said Wednesday he found no evidence that Iraq produced any weapons of mass destruction after 1991.
_____Today's Post Coverage_____
U.S. 'Almost All Wrong' on Weapons (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
Hussein Used Oil to Dilute Sanctions (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
War's Rationales Are Undermined One More Time (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
A Leader With an Eye on His Legacy (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
Inspector Is Known as Tough, Thorough (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
Timing of Report Called Inspector's Decision (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
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Saddam: "We want the long term, the many years kind."

Husayn: "Sir, this option is available and all other options are available as well. . . . That is why there has to be a decision about which method of attack we use: a missile, a fighter bomb, or a fighter plane."

Saddam: "With them all, all the methods. . . . At the moment of use, you should launch them all against their targets. . . . We don't want to depend on one option. The missiles will be intercepted and the planes, at least one will crash. But whenever the missiles or planes fall down over the enemy land, then I consider the goal is achieved and the mission fulfilled."

Husayn: "Sir, it is available and stored somewhere, but if you, Sir, order us to transfer it, we are a bit worried it will cause contamination. . . . Sir, it has been experimented on only once and some of the employees, Sir, were contaminated."

Saddam: ". . . regarding] weapons to be distributed to targets, I want Riyadh and Jeddah, which are the biggest Saudi cities with all the decision makers, and the Saudi rulers live there. This is for the germ and chemical weapons. . . . Also all the Israeli cities, all of them. Of course, you should concentrate on Tel Aviv, since it is their center."

Husayn: "Sir, the best way to transport this weapon and achieve the most harmful effects would come by using planes, like a crop plane, to scatter it. This is, Sir, a thousand times more harmful. This is according to the analysts of the technicians."

Saddam: "Anyway, it is our duty to think of all the bad scenarios of the mission. Then Israel first, and if the Americans attack us with unconventional, harmful types of weapons, or at the moment we see it feasible to attack, but as for now, put Riyadh and Jeddah as targets."

Miscalculating War's Consequences

"He thought they [Americans] would not fight a ground war because it would be too costly to the Americans. He was overconfident. His was clever, but his calculations were poor. It wasn't that he wasn't receiving the information. It was right there on television, but he didn't understand international relations perfectly." -- Former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz

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