Skip to comments.Bush Insists That Iraq Has Banned Arms Program
Posted on 06/09/2003 8:27:01 AM PDT by Seti 1
Bush Insists Iraq Had Banned Arms Program
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush insisted Monday that Baghdad had a program to manufacture weapons of mass destruction, seeking to rebut critics who charge his administration doctored evidence to justify an invasion of Iraq.
"Iraq had a weapons program," Bush said. "Intelligence throughout the decade shows they had a weapons program," Bush told reporters during a meeting of his Cabinet. "I am absolutely convinced that with time, we'll find out they did have a weapons program," Bush said.
Weeks of searches in Iraq by military experts have not validated the administration's portrayal of Iraq's cache of weapons. Alleged stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons have not turned up, nor has significant evidence of a nuclear weapons program.
Bush was asked whether American credibility was on the line in the hunt for illicit weapons. In answering, he pointed to the outcome of the war, not the weapons search.
"The credibility of this country is based upon our strong desire to make the world more peaceful, and the world is now more peaceful after our decision," he said.
Bush also insisted that al-Qaida had a presence in Baghdad.