September 25, 1991 |
A dogged band of United Nations nuclear inspectors suddenly drew global attention Tuesday as Iraq and the United States edged closer to the brink of armed confrontation when the U.N. experts uncovered a priceless stash of documents describing the Iraqi nuclear program in unprecedented detail. David A.
September 25, 1991 |
The United States announced Tuesday that it was sending two battalions of Patriot missile systems to the Middle East on a day when Iraq again detained a U.N. nuclear inspection team in an action condemned by the Security Council. Iraq capitulated late Tuesday to U.N. demands that it provide unrestricted helicopter flights for the inspectors. But the Iraqis' decision to interfere with the 44-member U.N. team in Baghdad angered members of the Security Council.
October 8, 1991 |
The hub of Iraq's nuclear weapons program was a scientific research center, Al Atheer, about 40 miles south of Baghdad, according to a report by Hans Blix, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had planned to design and produce a nuclear bomb at the center, the report said. U.S.
January 29, 2004 |
David Kay, the former chief American weapons hunter in Iraq, told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence about Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction was fundamentally flawed before the war but was not deliberately distorted. He called for the creation of an independent commission to study the failure and recommend reforms.
February 1, 2004 |
The re-education of David Kay began just days after the CIA sent him to Baghdad in June to take over the troubled hunt for weapons of mass destruction. On July 4, Kay reached for his computer and wrote his first weekly progress report to CIA brass back in Virginia. Kay warned that he already had doubts about the agency's prewar assertions that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had vast quantities of nerve gases and germ weapons, and had sought to build nuclear arms.
February 11, 2004
The last few weeks have not been good ones for the doctrine of preemptive war. Former weapons inspector David A. Kay told the Senate "we were all wrong" to believe that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. President Bush acknowledged that the intelligence leading to the Iraq war was faulty. Those conclusions should sound the death knell for the policy of waging war purely to get rid of a future threat. More than 500 U.S.