I have been searching for these two statements for weeks and tonight I found them........Read them first....
Words right from Colin Powells mouth while in Cairo on Feb 24 2001
Source United States Defense Department Daily Briefing
"We will always try to consult with our friends in the region so that they are not surprised and do everything we can to explain the purpose of our responses. We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions -- the fact that the sanctions exist -- not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq, and these are policies that we are going to keep in place, but we are always willing to review them to make sure that they are being carried out in a way that does not affect the Iraqi people but does affect the Iraqi regime's ambitions and the ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and we had a good conversation on this issue"
From Meet the Press with Tim Russert 9/16/2001
Found on the Whitehouse.gov site
. RUSSERT: Saddam Hussein, your old friend, his government had this to say: "The American cowboy is rearing the fruits of crime against humanity." If we determine that Saddam Hussein is also harboring terrorists, and there's a track record there, would we have any reluctance of going after Saddam Hussein?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: No.
. RUSSERT: Do we have evidence that he's harboring terrorists?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: There is--in the past, there have been some activities related to terrorism by Saddam Hussein. But at this stage, you know, the focus is over here on al-Qaida and the most recent events in New York. Saddam Hussein's bottled up, at this point, but clearly, we continue to have a fairly tough policy where the Iraqis are concerned.
. RUSSERT: Do we have any evidence linking Saddam Hussein or Iraqis to this operation?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: No.
Now if memory serves me right when a member of the presidents cabinet speaks do they not speak for the President in support of the the Presidents policys.......If so the above comments indicate the administration believed that Saddam H was contained.....not a threat to his neighbors......had no significant capibility in regards to developing WMD and then Dick Cheney says he was bottled up and then says......There is no evidence that SH
had anything to do with 9/11......
How is it that by the 2003 State of the Union Saddam H was able to re-develop and posses WMDs in large quantitys........I thought we had him under check........The fact about it Bush was HELL BENT on war with Iraq.....The Bush administration had blatantly ignored reports that proved otherwise. Ill bet that the DOD spy case that broke today is related to the Iraq war...
I think its time the Bush administation to pull the maple syrup out of the cupboard because there is waffle over their face.
Sources for the above quotes....