Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Tony Blair, yesterday...

"Saddam Hussein's regime is despicable, he is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked." - April 10th, 2002.

"(Saddam's) weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing. The policy of containment is not working. The weapons of mass destruction programme is not shut down. It is up and running....

Saddam... has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes" - September 24th, 2002.

"The biological agents we believe Iraq can produce include anthrax, botulinum, toxin, aflatoxin and ricin. All eventually result in excruciatingly painful death." - February 25th, 2003.

"We are asked now seriously to accept that in the last few years-contrary to all history, contrary to all intelligence-Saddam decided unilaterally to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd." - March 18th, 2003.

"I have no doubt that they [the Iraq Survey Group] will find the clearest possible evidence of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction." - June 4th, 2003.

"I have absolutely no doubt at all that we will find evidence of weapons of mass destruction programmes." - July 8th, 2003.

"The Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories, workings by scientists, plans to develop long range ballistic missiles." - December 16th, 2003.

...and today:

Asked on BBC's Breakfast With Frost whether he thought they would be discovered, Mr Blair replied: "I do not know is the answer." The Prime Minister said that on the issue of WMD: "You can't be definitive at the moment about what has happened."

(Quotes courtesy of the BBC and Guardian).