Jeffrey LewisWhat Declaration?

Four years ago, U.N. inspectors concluded that Iraq had failed to .. account for large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, weapons capable of killing millions. In last month’s declaration, Iraq again failed to account for those weapons.

The Iraqi dictator did not even attempt to submit a credible declaration. We can now be certain that he holds the United Nations and the U.N. Security Council and its resolutions in contempt.

President George W. Bush, Fort Hood, Texas, January 3, 2003


U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them—despite Iraq’s recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003

In response to a FOIA request for Iraq’s Full, Final and Complete Declaration, the CIA refuses to confirm or deny the existence of the document.

This is a rare instance of irony.


  1. Shelby (History)

    Irony is rare in this administration? Pshaw.

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Thanks for the great blog. I’m finishing up a PhD MechE with a side of International Affairs in the Sam Nunn Security Program at GaTech. Hope to follow in your footsteps.