Transcript of Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, George Bush (43), Condoleza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld, (watch this 6 minute VIDEO; warning: contains some harsh language):
Donald Rumsfeld: There are a lot of people that lie and get away with it.
Donald Rumsfeld: We will in fact find, uh, weapons, or evidence of weapons programs that are, are conclusive.
Donald Rumsfeld: We know where they are. They're around the area of Tikrit and Baghdad, and east, west, south, and north.
Donald Rumsfeld: I don't think we'll discover anything, myself.
Donald Rumsfeld: It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction.
Reporter says to Donald Rumsfeld: You said you knew
where they were.
Donald Rumsfeld responds: I did not.
Donald Rumsfeld: Well, first of all, I, I haven't lied.
Donald Rumsfeld: I don't know of anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons.
Dick Cheney: And we believe he has in fact reconstituted nuclear weapons.
Colin Powell: Saddam Hussein is determined to get his hands on a nuclear bomb.
George W. Bush (43): We can not wait for the final proof.
George W. Bush (43): It could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
Donald Rumsfeld: Colin Powell did not lie.
Colin Powell: My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources; solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.
Colin Powell previously stated in February of 2001: He [Saddam] has not developed any significant capabilities with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.
George W. Bush (43): The [Saddam] regime is seeking a nuclear bomb.
Dick Cheney: I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 911.
states to Dick Cheney: You have said in the past that is quote "pretty well confirmed".
Dick Cheney responds: No, I never said that.
Dick Cheney (Dec, 1, 2001): "It's been pretty well confirmed that he [Osama Bin Laden] did go to Prague and he did meet with, a, senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service.
George W. Bush (43) (28-Jan-2003): Saddam aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al-Qaeda.
Reporter asks George
W. Bush (43): [What did Iraq have to do] with the attack on the world trade center?
George W. Bush (43) responded: Nothing.
George W. Bush (43): I, I don't think we ever said, I least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September 11th and, and, and, and Saddam Hussien.
Condoleza Rice: Of course, it was information that was mistaken.
George W. Bush (43) later joked about it: Those weapons of mass destruction gotta be somewhere. . . Nope, no weapons over there. . . Maybe under here [his podium]?
. . . all followed by numerous blunders, more false statements, and incompetence by the Executive Branch and Congress.