Yep - and France’s despicable conduct at the U.N. gave him the time to do it. If France had not forced the U.S. to wait, that rat b*****d would not have had time to move them.
The french did that for two reasons:
First, frence was complicit just like russia in selling precursors and necessary equipment and supplies for saddam to re constitute his program, and was doing so at great profit behind the UN and the US’s backs. France was profiting handsomely for it. its not the first time. France was a co founder of the Isreali nuclear deterrent too, by the way. I dont mind that, but point it out as an example of france being a serious WMD proliferator.
Second, France not only allowed the delay to cover their tracks by allowing the goods to be moved, but it allowed them to sell other things too. Like, perhaps, anti tank missiles, night vision systems, surface to air missiles, and Jamming devices supposedly helpful in disrupting JDAM guidance kis.
A third potential reason is loss of revenue. seeing saddam toppled means they would lose all that under the table money and long term business.
Yeah. gotta love our friends the french. Way to go NATO. The germans arent much better. do a look at what Seimens sells, and to whom. youd be shocked, as i was.
so insofar as the french are concerned, you know why the delay now.