6,121. 10/6/2004

“In October [6] 2004, [Iraqi Survey Group leader] Charles Duelfer…submitted a final report on the hunt for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. In conclusions that contradicted nearly every prewar assessment made by top [Bush] administration officials, Duelfer told Congress that Saddam Hussein’s WMD stockpiles and production capability had been effectively destroyed in Operation Desert Storm and by U.N. inspectors during the 1990s. There was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had made ‘concerted efforts to restart’ a nuclear weapons program. Although the Iraqi dictator had dreamed of reconstituting his arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, there was no indication that he had taken steps to do so. Echoing [former Iraq Survey Group leader David] Kay’s words of eight months earlier, Duelfer concluded that ‘we were almost all wrong.’ ”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 508

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