"He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours."
Colin Powell, February 2001
"Who said of containment against Saddam Hussein We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."
Condoleezza Rice, July 2001
"To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day hero ... assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an un-winnable urban guerrilla war. It could only plunge that part of the world into even greater instability."
George Bush Snr, in A World Transformed, 1998
"Saddam was a danger in the region where the 9/11 threat emerged."
Condoleezza Rice - September 2003
"If we're successful in Iraq ... we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11"
Dick Cheney, Sep. 14, 2003
"The United States will lead a mighty coalition of freedom-loving nations and disarm Saddam Hussein. (Applause.)
"See, I can't imagine what was going through the mind of this enemy when they hit us. They probably thought the national religion was materialism, that we were so selfish and so self-absorbed that after 9/11/2001 this mighty nation would take a couple of steps back and file a lawsuit."
November 1, 2002. Remarks by George W. Bush in Pennsylvania Welcome
"We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th."
George W. Bush, Sep. 17, 2003
"I don't think we ever said -- at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein."
George W. Bush, Mar. 20, 2006
“To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Oct. 5, 2004, After being asked to describe the connection between the Iraqi leader and the al-Qaida terror network.
List of Deceptive Iraq Quotes from Congressional Democrats