Rumsfeld on WMD
Posted by ssbg on June 23, 2006
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, there has been a lot made on Capitol Hill about these chemical weapons that were found and may be quite old. But do you a real concern of these weapons from Saddam's past perhaps havingan impact on U.S. troops who are on the ground in Iraq right now?RUMSFELD : Certainly. What has been announced is accurate, that
there have been hundreds of canisters or weapons of various types found that either currently have sarin in them or had sarin in them, and sarin is dangerous. And it's dangerous to our forces, and it's a
So obviously, to the extent we can locate these and destroy them,
it is important that we do so. And they are dangerous. Anyone — I'm
sure General Casey or anyone else in that country would be concerned if they got in the wrong hands.
They are weapons of mass destruction . They are harmful to human
beings. And they have been found. And that had not been by Saddam
Hussein, as he inaccurately alleged that he had reported all of his
weapons . And they are still being found and discovered.
The reporter who asked the question of Rumsfeld emphasized that the canisters "may be quite old,". An extremely plugged-in reader with sources on the Hill writes:
It is only partially true to say that the wmd counted in the report are old–There are NEW "things" which have NOT been uncovered before, and which MAY all be from that period, but some of it is in pristine condition.