In response to the May 19 letter of Paul Hook of DeMotte, the United States did not have a choice. The 1991 Cease-Fire Agreement set conditions for Iraq to comply or the United States could go in and finish what it started.
The United Nations wrote 17 resolutions ordering Iraq to comply with the conditions of the 1991 Agreement. Each time, Iraq failed to allow inspectors unimpeded access or they allowed inspectors in with government-directed access.
The question was not whether or not Iraq had WMDs, but what happened to the WMDs Iraq admitted to having in 1991. The world needed to understand what happened to those weapons.
Saddam Hussein told the world, “Trust me,” while America was expected to provide the burden of proof. Apparently, it was just a coincidence that the weapons used by Syria and Iran were the weapons Iraq admitted to having in 1991.
- Timothy Carroll, Griffith