5,118. 5/29/2003

” ‘We found the weapons of mass destruction,’ President Bush declared in an interview with a Polish television reporter on May 29 [2003]. ‘We found biological laboratories. You remember when [Secretary of State] Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They’re illegal.’ They’re against the United Nations resolutions, and we’ve so far discovered two. And we’ll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they’re wrong. We found them.’ The only problem was that the weapons hadn’t actually been found. Unknown to the president, four days before his TV interview the DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] had dispatched a nine-member team of civilian experts to Iraq to examine the two mobile labs that had been found. The team had sent back a three-page field report the day before Bush’s statement with their conclusion that the labs were not for biological weapons. …the labs were most likely for manufacturing hydrogen to be used in weather balloons.”

 – Bob Woodward, State of Denial, Pages 209-210

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