4,270. 12/7/2002

“Iraq’s declaration of its weapons programs, delivered to [chief U.N. weapons inspector] Hans Blix in early December [7] 2002 under the terms of Resolution 1441, left much to be desired. There was little new information in its 12,000 pages, many of which were reprinted documents that had already been given to U.N. inspectors in the 1990s. Even Blix, who thought the first few weeks of inspections had gone relatively well, concluded that Iraq had passed up a chance to explain what had happened to tons of chemical and biological weapons agents and munitions never accounted for. Baghdad claimed that the material had long since been destroyed, but it offered no proof.”

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 421

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