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Rumsfeld's Memoir: Known and Unknown and Untrue

The ex-defense secretary says he may have made a "few misstatements" about Iraq's WMDs. A few?!

| Tue Feb. 8, 2011 5:10 PM EST

"His regime has the design for a nuclear weapon; it was working on several different methods of enriching uranium, and recently was discovered seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

"The mission would be to invade the country, make it very clear that the purpose was, number one, to change that regime, and disarm the country. That the purpose is to disarm the country of weapons of mass destruction, and it would be done in a certain way, adhering to certain principles."

Al Jazeera: I would like to put it to you straight away the issue between you, the Bush administration, and Iraq is not weapons of mass destruction. It is for you—how to get rid of Saddam Hussein and his regime.

Rumsfeld: Well, wrong. It is about weapons of mass destruction. It is unquestionably about that.

"[Saddam Hussein] claims to have no chemical or biological weapons, yet we know he continues to hide biological and chemical weapons, moving them to different locations as often as every 12 to 24 hours, and placing them in residential neighborhoods."

"We have a serious task before us, and it is to remove that regime and find the weapons of mass destruction, and replace it with a government that does not want those weapons."

"Our goal is to defend the American people, and to eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and to liberate the Iraqi people."

"We're there to eliminate the weapons of mass destruction in that country."

"I don't think we'll discover anything myself. I think what will happen is we'll discover people who will tell us where to go find it. It is not like a treasure hunt where you just run around looking everywhere hoping you find something. I just don't think that's going to happen. The inspectors didn't find anything, and I doubt that we will."

Rumsfeld repeatedly said the war was about WMDs. He repeatedly said there was no question about Saddam's possession of WMDs. (Ask that trained ape kept in the Pentagon's basement.) He said he knew where the WMDs were and that Iraq was moving the biological and chemical weapons it possessed every 12 to 24 hours. Yet many of his professed "known knowns" turned out to be dead wrong. What's unknown is whether Rumsfeld really expects anyone to accept his CYA account.

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