International Institute for Strategic Studies: Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Arundel House, London, England, December 2, 2002 [open pdf - 67KB]
Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Arundel House, London, England, December 2, 2002. Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz stated to the International Institute for Strategic Studies that "The goal in Iraq is disarmament; the elimination of Iraq's programs to build chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them. Disarming Saddam Hussein and fighting the war on terror are not merely related; the first is a crucial part of the second. The peaceful implementation of Resolution 1441 can only happen if there is a fundamental change in the attitude of the Iraqi regime. It is not and cannot be the responsibility of the inspectors to scour every square inch of Iraq. It cannot be their responsibility to search out and find every illegal weapon or system. That would be a task beyond their means. Nor is it their responsibility to disarm Iraq. That is the responsibility of the Iraqi regime itself. What inspectors can do is give us some confidence if the regime has, in fact, assumed that responsibility, if it has, in fact, declared every weapon of mass destruction and every development program that exists and has, in fact, destroyed those and dismantled those programs."