The following quotes are all from former Secretary of State Colin Powell made after the British newspaper The Guardian filed their story (6/8/03) that those weapons labs were trailers for filling hydrogen weather balloons sold to Saddam by the British themselves back in 1987. Tony Blair knew the truth prior to the Guardian story. Note the first two sourced quotes were on the same day of the British reporting, which would have hit their newsstands many hours before Powell made his comments.
"I can assure you that if those biological vans were not biological vans when I said they were on the 5th of February, on the 6th of February Iraq would have hauled those vans out, put them in front of a press conference, gave them to the UNMOVIC inspectors to try to drive a stake in the heart of my presentation. They did not. The reason they did not is they knew what they were."
"One element that I presented at that time, these biological vans, all I could show was a cartoon drawing of these vans, and everybody said, "Are the vans really there?" And, voila, the vans showed up a few months later. We found them."Source:
Interview on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN (6/8/2003).
"And I think the mobile labs are what I think is a good indication of the kind of thing they are doing."
"We have uncovered the mobile vans and we are continuing to search."Source:
Remarks at Stakeout Following Fox News Interview, Fox News (6/8/2003).
"The biological weapons labs that we believe strongly are biological weapons labs, we didn't find any biological weapons with those labs. But should that give us any comfort? Not at all. Those were labs that could produce biological weapons whenever Saddam Hussein might have wanted to have a biological weapons inventory."
"I think that we will be able to demonstrate convincingly through the mobile labs, through documentation, through interviews, through what we find, that we knew what we were speaking about."Source:
Interview by the Associated Press, State Dept (6/12/2003).
"The mobile biological laboratories that were found and presented to the world, I think, is a further evidence of this, and so, at the same time that we continue our efforts to uncover those weapons programs."Source:
Interview with Al Arabiyya Television, Al Arabiyya (6/23/2003).
"The imminent threat is that suddenly, this biological warfare lab, for example, could have been put to use." Source:
Interview on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR (6/27/2003).
"We have found the mobile biological weapons labs that I could only show cartoons of that day." Source:
Interview on NBC's Today Show with Katie Couric, NBC (6/30/2003).
"Take the mobile vans that we've been talking about, the biological vans. I can assure you, Sean, that when I presented those vans to the world on the 5th of February and described them, all I could put up were pictures or cartoons that we made of them. And later, we actually found them and showed them to the world."
Interview on the Sean Hannity Show, ABC Radio Network (7/2/2003).
"One item I showed was cartoons of the mobile biological van. They were cartoons, artist's renderings, because we had never seen one of these things, but we had good sourcing on it, excellent sourcing on it. And we knew what it would look like when we found it, so we made those pictures. And I can assure you I didn't just throw those pictures up without having quite a bit of confidence in the information that I had been provided and that Director Tenet had been provided and was now supporting me in the presentation on, sitting right behind me. And we waited. And it took a couple of months, and it took until after the war, until we found a van and another van that pretty much matched what we said it would look like. And I think that's a pretty good indication that we were not cooking the books."
Press Briefing, State Dept (7/10/2003).
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I thank Bush On Iraq for these quotes.