This just popped up as news on Friday, 8 Aug 2003 08:11:18 -0500. Very interesting reading, in light of subsequent events:
Lack of hard evidence of Iraqi weapons worries top U.S. officials
by Jonathan S. Landay, Knight Ridder Newspapers
- Fri, Sep. 06, 2002
WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. officials with access to top-secret intelligence on Iraq say they have detected no alarming increase in the threat that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein poses to American security and Middle East stability.
But some top officials, notably Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, argue that American
intelligence can’t be counted on to spot Iraqi nuclear, biological or chemical weapons breakthroughs in time to defend against them. Therefore, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other officials say, the United States has no choice but to remove Saddam before he can use such weapons or give them to terrorists …