4,778. 3/16/2003

In an appearance on Meet the Press on March 16, 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney said: ” ‘I think [director of the International Atomic Energy Agency] Mr. [Mohamed] ElBaradei frankly is wrong [in claiming Iraq has not reconstituted a nuclear weapons program]. …And I think if you look at the track record of the International Atomic Energy Agency on this kind of issue, especially where Iraq’s concerned, they have consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing. I don’t have reason to believe they are any more valid this time than they’ve been in the past.’ “

 – Hans Blix, Disarming Iraq, Page 235

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