Perle declares U.S. will attack Iraq no matter what inspectors report

Fred Feldman ffeldman at
Thu Nov 21 15:16:07 MST 2002

In this article in the British daily Mirror, Perle is quoted as saying that
the U.S. needs only one witness to claim that Iraq is hiding "weapons of
mass destruction" (increasingly a "weapon of mass destruction" is defined as
any weapon possessed by a country the U.S. would like to attack)  in order
to expand the  bombing. invade, occupy Iraq..  Certainly the U.S.-bankrolled
opposition. seeing a nice big cut of the country's wealth in their future
when the U.S. takes over,  can provide that without difficulty.

 Remember the witness to the Iraqi removal of Kuwaiti babies from
incubators, whose testimony helped get the war resolution in 1990 through
congress? She turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the
United States and her story a fabrication by an advertising agency.

When they move to attack Iraq -- with a confidence born in part of knowledge
that Iraq has been stripped of what few weapons of mass destruction it ever
had-- we can be sure they will provide the best witnesses money can buy.
Fred Feldman

The Mirror (UK)
November 21, 2002

Bush Aide: Inspections or Not, We'll Attack Iraq

by Paul Gilfeather

GEORGE Bush's top security adviser last night admitted the US would attack
Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons.

Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN
chief weapons inspector Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.

Evidence from ONE witness on Saddam Hussein's weapons program will be enough
to trigger a fresh military onslaught, he told an all- party meeting on
global security.

Former defense minister and Labour backbencher Peter Kilfoyle said: "America
is duping the world into believing it supports these inspections. President
Bush intends to go to war even if inspectors find nothing.

"This make a mockery of the whole process and exposes America's real
determination to bomb Iraq."

Dr Perle told MPs: "I cannot see how Hans Blix can state more than he can
know. All he can know is the results of his own investigations. And that
does not prove Saddam does not have weapons of mass destruction."

The chairman of America's defense policy board said: "Suppose we are able to
find someone who has been involved in the development of weapons and he says
there are stores of nerve agents. But you cannot find them because they are
so well hidden.

"Do you actually have to take possession of the nerve agents to convince? We
are not dealing with a situation where you can expect co-operation."

Mr Kilfoyle said MPs would be horrified at the admission. He added: "Because
Saddam is so hated in Iraq, it would be easy to find someone to say they
witnessed weapons building.

"Perle says the Americans would be satisfied with such claims even if no
real evidence was produced.

"That's a terrifying prospect."

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