2,209. 7/27/2001

Regarding sanctions on Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wrote, in a July 27, 2001, memo: ” ‘We can publicly acknowledge that sanctions don’t work over extended periods and stop the pretense of having a policy that is keeping Saddam ‘in the box,’ when we know he has crawled a good distance out of the box and is currently doing the things that will ultimately be harmful to his neighbors in the region and to U.S. interests–namely developing WMD and the means to deliver them and increasing his strength at home and in the region month-by-month. Within a few years the U.S. will undoubtedly have to confront a Saddam armed with nuclear weapons.’ ”

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Page 211

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