Iraq: December 10, 2002


  As suspected, most of the 12,000 pages of weapons of mass destruction material released by the Iraqis is already known. Most of that is stuff from activities before 1991. Iraq denies all. Iraq hopes to delay the completion of inspections until anti-US sentiment grows strong enough to prevent an American invasion. Everyone is waiting for US intelligence to give UN inspectors information about the location of forbidden Iraqi weapons. If US intelligence has not, after four years of watching the Iraqis (since the arms inspectors were tossed out in 1998), found any of the forbidden weapons or factories, then heads will roll back in the US. Missing the 911 plot, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Pakistani nuclear tests was bad enough, but dropping the ball here will be the last straw.


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