...is imminent at Official TFM Headquarters, so more extensive blogging may be possible by this evening...
"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"
"President Mubarak and I, had a good discussion about...the fact that the sanctions exist .... for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam's ambitions toward developing WMDs. They have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to WMDs. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."There you have it.
-- Colin Powell, February 24, 2001
An early draft of an interim report by the American leading the hunt for banned weapons in Iraq says his team has not found any of the unconventional weapons cited by the Bush administration as a principal reason for going to war, federal officials with knowledge of the findings said today.First of all, this was the report that all those hawks (both of the chicken variety and otherwise) were telling us would neutralize all the critics of the war who said there were no WMD. Whoops!
The long-awaited report by David Kay, the former United Nations weapons inspector who has been leading the American search for illicit weapons, will be the first public assessment of progress in that search since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1.
Mr. Kay's team has spent nearly four months searching suspected sites and interviewing Iraqi scientists believed to have knowledge about the country's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs. (full story)