6,097. 9/30/2004

In his report made on September 30, 2004, Iraq Survey Group leader Charles Duelfer reported: ” ‘The [Iraqi] Regime quickly came to see that OFF [the Oil-for-Food program] could be corrupted to acquire foreign exchange both to further undermine sanctions and to provide the means to enhance dual-use infrastructure and potential WMD-related development. By 2000-2001, Saddam had managed to mitigate many of the effects of sanctions and undermine their international support. Iraq was within striking distance of a de facto end to the sanctions regime, both in terms of oil exports and the trade embargo, by the end of 1999.’ ”

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Page 193

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