3,773. 8/26/2002

In a speech to the 103rd Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick “Cheney noted the defection of Hussein Kamel, Saddam’s son-in-law, who, after leaving Iraq in 1995, pointed inspectors to a chicken farm where they found evidence of the continuing [WMD] programs. The lesson, said Cheney, is ‘that we often learned more as a result of defections than we learned from the inspection regime itself.’ …’Against that background, a person would be right to question any suggestion that we should just get inspectors back into Iraq, and then our worries will be over. Saddam has perfected the game of cheat and retreat, and is very skilled in the art of denial and deception. A return of inspectors would provide no assurance whatsoever of his compliance with UN resolutions. On the contrary, there is a great danger that it would provide false comfort that Saddam was somehow *back in his box.* ‘ ”

 – Stephen F. Hayes, Cheney, Page 381

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